The American Dragon’s career is beginning yet another meteoric rise in the WWE. With the inevitable collapse of Team Hell No, it looks as though Daniel Bryan’s singles career is about to kick back up in a big way. We take a look as Bryan continues to gain a mountain of momentum.
By now, almost every one knows about Bryan Danielson’s (A.K.A. Daniel Bryan) up-bringing and success on the Independent Wrestling scene. Our last article on Bryan was written right around the time that Team Hell No was formed and had covered his career up until that point (you can read the article here). Over the past year Daniel Bryan has once again proven that he can take just about anything that WWE Creative throw his way and make it compelling TV.
Last year when Daniel Bryan was first paired with the Big Red Machine, Kane, there was a lot of worry among fans that Bryan would become lost in the shuffle of the then dry tag team division and ultimately get buried. There was also the worry that Bryan would become the new “joke” wrestler that nobody would be able to take seriously much like Santino Marella had been for so many years. However, after a few short months it became clear that Bryan and Kane’s team would become a focal point to Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown as they had become the new Tag Team Champions shortly after their union had begun.
Since Team Hell No’s formation after SummerSlam of last year, they have face an array of various tag teams such as Team Rhodes Scholars, The Prime Time Players, Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston, and most recently The Shield. Many thought that Team Hell No would be a short lived team seeing as WWE likes to jump the gun and break up their teams before they reach their real potential; however, Kane and Daniel Bryan ended up having one of the longest Tag Team Title reigns ever. Team Hell No held the Tag Team Championships for a record 245 days from the September 16th, 2012 PPV “Night of Champions all the way until the May 19th, 2013 PPV Extreme Rules.
Since losing the championships, Bryan has been growing into a much more serious character who is worried about being the “Weak Link” of Team Hell No and feels that people don’t respect him. In the light of Bryan’s apparent paranoia, his in-ring style has seemingly gone back to his roots of being very aggressive and innovative bringing yet another fresh element to his character. In recent weeks Bryan has been featured on both Raw and Smackdown! taking out the Shield with his aggressive, in-your-face offense that has grabbed lived audiences and everyone watching at home by the throat and brought them to their feet in excitement.
Over the past few months, many people within the WWE have given very high praises to Bryan. After Bryan had wrestled two matches on the June 3rd edition of Monday Night Raw Chris Jericho put Bryan over on his Twitter saying, “I may be the best in the world at what I do, but @WWEDanielBryan is the best performer in the entire business right now #muchrespect @WWE.”
Most recently Kane stated in an interview:
“Daniel Bryan might be the most talented guy on the roster right now. I think he’s the best technical wrestler we have, and he’s also one of those guys who’s been able to forge a connection with our fans. And people who are able to do that are very successful.”
Over the last couple of weeks, the WWE has teased a rivalry between Bryan and Randy Orton with backstage segments with the two arguing and more recently Randy Orton delivering an RKO to Bryan after a match in which Bryan had accidently drop-kick Orton. Now this Sunday the two team up and face Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of the Shield for the Tag Team Championships. There are reported rumors from various wrestling news sites that have stated that there may be a heel turn from either Bryan or Orton at WWE Payback during their tag match.
Now comes the exciting part for Daniel Bryan fans… There have been rumors over the past week that the WWE is lining up a program for the Summer between Daniel Bryan and John Cena in a face vs. face feud for the WWE Championship. This rumored feud will supposedly take place over the WWE Money in the Bank and SummerSlam PPV’s. There have been no reports as to whether or not Bryan will actually win the Championship or not, but the possibility gives wrestling fans a fresh and exciting rivalry to look forward to either way.
One would have to look at how over Bryan has been with the crowd over the past several weeks and think to themselves, “It only makes sense for him to become the WWE Champion!” Let’s face it, at this point and time Daniel Bryan receives more cheers on a consistent basis than the WWE Champion John Cena receives. At Best Cena gets a mixed reaction from the live crowds, but more often than not Cena receives an overwhelming, and brutal, amount of boos. Looking in from the outside, it would only make sense for a company to put their top Championship title on the guy who receives the best reaction from the live crowds on a weekly, if not monthly, basis rather than keep it on a guy who gets boo’d by most of the audience who attends their shows.
Nonetheless, it appears that the WWE is finally beginning to appreciate the true talent that they have in Daniel Bryan. Whether he becomes the WWE Champion this Summer or not, this is still a GIANT step in the right direction in this humble author’s opinion. As a Daniel Bryan fan I truly hope that the rumored rivalry with John Cena comes to fruition and that it helps further build the momentum that Bryan has been rapidly gathering over the last month. All I can say at this point is that this is an exciting time to be a Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan fan. So let’s sit back and enjoy the ride.