Bryan should win the title at Mania and get a run with the belt. Why? Think about it. John Laurinaitis said a few years ago that a guy who looked like Daniel Bryan couldn’t draw. Maybe some higher-ups think that way too, even Vince McMahon, who said he didn’t have the right “attraction” for Summerslam – he obviously wasn’t talking about John Cena, who has been the company’s main attraction for the last 9 years.
But it’s not Cena I want to talk about here. It’s Bryan.
Bryan’s wrestling is better than most but casual fans aren’t drawn in by wrestlers who can perform 100 moves in 10 minutes – in the same way they aren’t drawn to shred guitarists in rock music. Sure they can play all these notes in minute amounts of time or they can have very high work rates in the ring but so what? After a while, that comes off as soulless and it bores people to death. It stands to reason that his wrestling skills aren’t why he’s (apparently) popular with the fans.
It’s the Yes! chants. Big discovery that’s being made here, ok? Anyway, they might simply be fun to do but in the process, they’re making him look more ‘over’ than he really is. He’s not as popular as Stone Cold was in ’98. He’s not as popular as The Rock was in 2000. He’s almost as popular as Ryback a little more than a year ago but nobody wants to admit that since Ryback’s career has really taken a plunge. Saying Bryan is as popular as Stone Cold in the Attitude Era is just said for effect, not because it’s necessarily true.
Every top guy has to be able to cut (good) promos and he’s generally forgettable when it comes to that. It’s almost a crutch when he has to start chanting Yes! every time and nobody can deny that. Almost EVERY promo he has had since last July has ended with a Yes! chant from him.
He got so repetitive a while back that he started sounding like Chris Sabin in TNA – always talking about the chip he had on his shoulder for not looking like a top guy. It got stale quick and the likes of Cena, Triple H and even his wife Stephanie McMahon, got the better of him on the mic.
The looks aren’t really there either. It’s been pounded into the ground that he’s about 5’8″ and weighs about 200 pounds. That honestly doesn’t sound like a convincing champion. The Randy Ortons, John Cenas, Brock Lesnars and Roman Reigns’ of the world do. Maybe down the line, Dean Ambrose can be added to that list too. Bryan, though, is in the same category that Punk is. He may win the WWE WHC title in spite of his looks but it’s not going to look believable. Daniel Bryan beating someone like Brock Lesnar for the title would be like Spiderman knocking out The Hulk. And I’m talking about a straight-up match. Who’s really going to buy that?
Bryan should win the title and have a run with it if only to prove that neither should have happened to begin with.