Rusev and Bray Wyatt took on Daniel Bryan and Bray eliminated him.
That's it. This was the big issue. Now this is where some fans get the disconnect. Most people that were upset with the Rumble weren't upset that Roman Reigns won and Daniel Bryan lost. A lot of us expected that. The biggest gripe is that Bryan was treated as an afterthought. I understand trying to get rid of him early sensing that the fans would be upset and maybe get over it by the end of the match. But couldn't they have done it in a way that gave the fans something? If their plan really is to go through with Sheamus vs. Bryan at WrestleMania, why not have Sheamus return and eliminate him? If he wasn't ready, maybe have the Authority screw him. Either way, it shows us that there is a direction in mind for Bryan. This was a random elimination that treated Bryan like shit. To take this even further, why did they even put Bryan in the match? You know that the fans, whether unreasonable or not, were going to shit on this. Save Bryan's return for the Road to WrestleMania and you have Roman save face. Before Bryan announced his return, we all thought he was possibly going to retire. There was no reason to put Roman through this. It was clear that the WWE knew Bryan's elimination would get a bad reaction because the next few entrants were rather useless. Even the usual fun Kofi Kingston spot got a bad reaction from the WWE Universe. The first guy to get the crowd back into this was Damien Mizdow. Again, here was another chance for them to save face. Obviously Damien shouldn't win. But the crowd was feeling him, so he should have been able to get some offense in and hell, save Miz for this time in the Rumble and give them interaction. Instead, Mizdow was gone within a minute and treated like another afterthought.