Daniel Bryan is the hottest Superstar in WWE right now. Give me just a moment here, folks because this is one that bears repeating.
WWE has traditionally always been the land of giants. The Ultimate Warrior, Syco Sid Vicious, The Undertaker, Batista, Brock Lesnar, all of these men share some very similar traits. They’re all big, they’re all muscled up and together they could all carry the immense ego of Hulk Hogan from one side of an arena to the other.
Okay well, they could at least make a go of it.
Vince McMahon’s company has featured some of the most physically impressive super heavyweights that the industry has ever known. It’s the gargantuan superhero physique that WWE loves and through the years, we have all become so accustomed to seeing it that many of us are no longer really all that impressed by it.
But it’s a new day in WWE because Daniel Bryan is currently hotter than AJ Lee in short shorts and Chuck Taylors.
Yes, he’s that hot.
Standing at 5’10” and nudging the scales at 210 pounds, Bryan is blowing up in a company that has always been fascinated with giants. His work has always been very solid but over the past several weeks he has become more physically aggressive and he has been flying around the ring at a frenzied pace. Daniel Bryan has been a must-see Superstar that fans truly cannot get enough of.
Sorry Miz, it never really fit you anyway.
Of course, Bryan’s rise is actually nothing new; this happened as recently as 2011 when a guy covered in tattoos sat cross legged on the ramp and aired his grievances for the whole world to hear. CM Punk had been a WWE Superstar for years but despite what he was ever given to do, he had never truly been allowed to just be himself.
And when he was, his WWE career hit the stratosphere.
Punk became more than just a pro wrestler; he became the mouthpiece for fans everywhere who were quite frankly disgusted with the way WWE had been doing business. They were also pretty tired of seeing the same cookie cutter bodies over and over again. Pro wrestling had morphed into entertainment and all that mattered to WWE was how God-like a guy’s physique could be.
Punk’s pipe bomb promo reminded fans that there were still good guys in WWE who cared about the actual wrestling and wanted to see it return to the forefront. Punk broke the mold in terms of what a modern day successful WWE Superstar should look like and can accomplish.
He brought wrestling back and opened the door for the Daniel Bryan explosion that we are currently witnessing.
So, if Bryan is CM Punk version two, does that mean that we will see him eventually wearing the WWE Championship? You better believe it. Will it happen now? Forget about it.
The WWE Champion is John Cena and we all know that as good as Bryan is and as much as he means to fans, Cena means more to Vince McMahon. To me, the only way that Daniel gets that belt anytime soon is if Ryback takes it from John at Payback and then feuds with Bryan.
Then again, Ryback is the prototypical WWE Superstar, so McMahon may be happy seeing the championship around that super heavyweight waist. A rivalry for the WWE Title between Ryback and Daniel Bryan would be making for a good storyline, considering the heat that the two men have had in recent weeks.
But in the meantime, let’s face it; Daniel Bryan doesn’t need a title belt to get over. He is getting more of a response than he has ever received from fans and his ring work is sharper than it arguably ever has been. Daniel is in a great spot right now and WWE should just allow him to keep doing what he does best; entertain.
And that’s pretty big.
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Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report and a Contributor for JBL’s Layfield Report
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