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Daniel Bryan: Another Great Wrestler Ruined by the WWE

I would like to congratulate the WWE for again screwing up a good thing. The runoff Daniel Bryan since July has been the best thing to come from the company since the emergence of John Cena and the feud between Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels. It pains me to see such a good thing gone so badly so quickly.

[adinserter block=”1″]But, again, this is the WWE – company that acts like it has ADD and cannot put its own boots on correctly.

According to Daniel Van Boom’s story on Bleacher Report, Bryan is no longer in the WWE Title picture – for now. They may be a chance down the road for the new “People’s Champion” to get a title run or to be in line for a run come time for WrestleMania XXX.

“Bryan lost his match with Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell and was then attacked by the Wyatt Family the next night on Raw. There was speculation that his time as a top star was over, and according to a report from F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc.com), that’s partially true.”

Daniel Bryan is indeed out of the WWE title picture after the storyline “reset” at least Monday’s Raw. For now, there are no plans for Bryan to contend for the championship.

“There is at least some talk of putting some contention back on Bryan during WrestleMania season but he is in a program with CM Punk and The Wyatt Family for the next few months.

In WWE’s mind, they made Bryan a star and showed the audience that he can hang with their other top Superstars. The storyline is that Bryan couldn’t overcome The Authority, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, so later on down the line this can be addressed again.”

While I see the sense in this angle stopping and possibly starting again there is so little the WWE has done lately that makes sense and now that it appears that The Big Show will be chasing Randy Orton for the WWE Title, I am pained even more. It also appears that Daniel Bryan and CM Punk will join hands and face the Wyatt Family to reveal the “Devil” of the WWE (Vince McMahon?).

If a faction of Bryan, Punk and Kofi Kingston fight the good fight against the sadistic and unholy union, then I am all for it.

However, I also see the waste of an amazing storyline of a wrestler who did something not many other have done (unlike John Cena) – won over the fans of the WWE with gimmick and ability naturally.

It also reminds me of how others have been screwed over the “Authority” of other wrestling promotions in addition to the WWE and left to turn to other means to make a “mark” in the business.

Tommy Rich – Rushed to the NWA World Title too quickly and after he eclipsed the pinnacle, there was nothing more for him. His tag team run with Eddie Gilbert was cool and his feud with Buzz Sawyer was legendary, but he needed those programs to keep him viable.

Roddy Piper – He was never given a chance at the WWF Title. A great talker, a great showman and someone if given the chance, could have carried the WWF. You can Think Vince and Hulk Hogan for that little slip-up. Piper with his attitude and this showmanship would have been a gold mine.

Barry Windham – He is the one wrestler of all who lost out because of the careers of Ric Flair and Sting. Windham was the most underappreciated wrestler of all time and could have been a bigger star than he was. It could also be argued that Magnum TA’s injuries and retirement curtailed his rise. Windham continued to lose to Flair, so instead, he became of the greatest heels of all time.

[adinserter block=”2″]Rick Rude – More could have been done with Rude, but the WWF got in the way. A good talker in interviews and a body from hell to match. Women wanted to be with him. Men just wanted to be like him.

But even with these greats we just mentioned, it looks like the WWE may have lost out on the greatest gem of all because it could not carry out a program that looked good at the start, but fizzled out when it could have been much better.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I think of it this way, thanks to a certain person. The thing is, like Eric mentioned several times, D-Bry may be over with the hardcore crowd, but the casuals refuse to embrace his greatness for some reason. I don't mind. I like seeing the guy kick ass on TV.

    The bright side of this "Punk, Bryan and Friends" vs Wyatt Family feud is that it may very well be the building blocks to an IWC raging ring boner inducing Wrestlemania match. If the IWC is lucky, it'll be an Ironman match.

  2. You've hit the nail on the head with this article. Once again the WWE screws up the chance for a long-term payoff through incredibly bad booking and storytelling. Shame on them.

  3. Funny, I just posted a comment on some old YouTube clips how the NWA missed out on not giving a young Barry Windham a title run early in his career. I remember in those early days Barry was constantly considered a "hot young riser", and they kept having him lose to Flair in close matches with Flair cheating from time to time. Barry was so good at being the "hot young riser" that they kept him in that role and forgot to give him the championship he deserved until too late in his career.

    I mean, Flair was a great champion, no doubt, but they they let him keep the belt too long and too many times in my opinion. And Barry, the "great young riser" with all that potential, never really reached that potential after all.
    Now we look back and think of how much better it could have been . . .

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