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The Good and The Bad of Daniel Bryan Wyatt

Don’t look now, but the WWE took a page out of the Four Horseman’s playbook this past week.

When Daniel Bryan decided to give in and become a member of the Wyatt Family it took me back to my days of watching the NWA and the Four Horsemen and their attack, pursuit and eventual acquisition of Barry Windham – turning one of the greatest pure talents in wrestling history into one of the greatest heels of all time.

I am not putting Bryan, who may be the best pure talent in the WWE in years, in the same category as Windham and don’t think for a second the two are one in the same, but the similarities in the approach are quite the same.

Also, this is a disclaimer that Bray Wyatt is no Ric Flair in any sense of the imagination.

The idea of making Bryan a heel and placing him in a program with The Wyatts makes all the sense in the world and no sense at all.

Bryan, by appearance and by virtue of no real angle, is perfect to be the fourth member of the Wyatt Family. It also allows the WWE to set up more feuds, possibly for Bryan to become a tag team champion again and possibly challenge for a mid card title (Intercontinental Championship). Think of Daniel Bryan more in terms of Arn Anderson or Tully Blanchard – the two fluid middle men of the group who made the mid card in the NWA and WCW more important than the main event wrestlers at times.

You know I think highly of Bryan and my love of Arn Anderson. I don’t think I am that far off in my assessment. Bryan has a chance to rule the mid card as his own playground. Maybe that leads to showdown with CM Punk.

That, too, is just an idea. If the WWE management is reading this, feel free to use the idea. I will not charge you for it.

Bryan’s jump isn’t all that unusual ad has been replayed over and over again in wrestling history.

Manny Fernandez joining Paul Jones’ Army. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams joining The Varsity Club. Two examples of two great wrestlers who made the change and found success.

If I have to play the devil at some point in all of this, then hear me out. There are reasons why the Daniel Bryan experiment may backfire on the WWE. For all the reasons he works as a heel in this sequence, there are just as many reasons this can fail miserably.

Bryan is such a crowd favorite that the company is hoping the popularity will continue. It seems to have worked as we saw in the first match he had in a six-ma tag match. More aggression and a mean streak we have not seen even in his days when he was in the program with Big Show. I like the change in character, only because it shows he has more depth. So much is said about the Wyatts and the fact they could be the faction this company needs to be new and exciting.

The Bryan experiment will continue. The WWE will hope the fans will still cheer him on as they did Monday night. If it all works – then this is a great move for the WWE. If it fails, and remember the WWE does not think Bryan is a champion who can sell, then this all blows up in the face of management, then they are to blame. Bryan was just doing the job he was asked to do.

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