Daniel Bryan is the latest WWE superstar to get the book treatment. His story, Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania is a NY Times best seller and with good reason…it’s pretty damned good!
As far as wrestling books go, it had a real nice flow to it. The author tried something different, keeping a diary of sorts chronicling Bryan’s week in New Orleans during WrestleMania 30. The author posted passages at the beginning of each chapter, reminding readers that the theme of this book was truly Bryan’s improbably trip to the main-event of Mania.
I will spare you most of the details as I wouldn’t want to give away too many spoilers for those of you that haven’t read the book. However, I will say that I what I found most interesting wasn’t any one particular. I really enjoyed reading about Bryan’s progression as a professional wrestler. Quite frankly I found it fascinating. Bryan doesn’t actually “get it” early in his ROH world title run and he describes it as a bit of a struggle. At a particular point during his ROH title run, something clicks, and Bryan starts telling the stories in his matches that the fans want to see. I found his thought-process and recollection of the time of events truly fascinating.
Of course there are plenty of good WWE stories. Bryan addresses just about every controversy associated with him that you have probably read or heard. One interesting point is when Bryan talked about the 2014 and 15 Royal Rumbles. Once Bryan gets a taste of the main-event, his attitude completely changes and it was interesting to hear him reflect on how his thought-process changed in one year regarding those two infamous Rumbles.
I don’t think I could do a good job summing up the appreciation and bond he has with William Regal. William Regal obviously saw a lot in Bryan early on, when they worked together in Memphis, and his mentorship carries over to this day. You get a real strong sense of the character of Regal when you read Bryan continually bring his name up as someone who gave him advice at various times throughout his career to the present.
Sadly the book stops at WrestleMania 30. We don’t get to hear about the injury that stopped the Yes Movement right in its tracks. We don’t get to hear about future plans and where the company was going to go with Bryan. We don’t get to hear much about his comeback, although Bryan does talk about the 2015 Rumble as mentioned above. The biggest disappointment is that the book just seemed to stop cold.
Overall I’d highly recommend the book. It’s a very easy read and I found it very hard to put down. Whether you are a fan of WWE or just followed Bryan on the independents, there are plenty of good stories to go around and it’s not surprise that this book is a best seller.