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The other side of the coin: The WWE is right about Daniel Bryan

It is amazing how fast time goes by; I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last shared my thoughts on the state of professional wrestling. Many times I have sat down and just stared at the screen trying to find motivation. The problem is that I am pretty content with where wrestling is at the moment.

I am by no means saying that think all of the problems have been fixed, but I feel a certain balance to the force. Once that balance came back I didn’t have anything to rant or rave about. That is until I spent the last month reading all of the blogs and stories about how horrible the WWE is and how it has destroyed the career of one Daniel Bryan. It is time for someone to come out and share the other side of the coin and it starts with this Daniel Bryan non-sense.

Daniel Bryan should not be the face of the WWE and to be fair I don’t think that Randy is the right guy either. HHH’s character called Daniel Bryan and B+ player and I agree 100%. Couple of things we have to get out of the way first. I understand that the WWE writes the storylines and book the matches which gives them huge influence over a characters direction, but the talent has to make the most of the time they are given. I am not here to tell you the WWE doesn’t have influence in what has happens with Bryan character, but don’t come back at this pointing all the fingers at the McMahon authority.

Also, just because you like someone doesn’t mean they are great, that probably sounds harsh but we all have a bias when it comes to the things we like. My favorite comedy is My Name is Earl because it appealed to my sense of humor but I am sure that most people will tell you that it doesn’t even come close to Seinfeld. I am able to accept the fact that maybe Seinfeld was a better show, but I still prefer My Name is Earl. I’m sure I will still get negative feedback so let’s move into the stuff that I actually want to write about. The last thing I need to mention is that I have not issues what so ever with Daniel Bryan’s ring work. There is no one better than Bryan once that bell rings, I believe he is the best in the world at what he does, I just don’t think he is the best WWE superstar.

So back to this idea of Daniel Bryan being a B+ player. First of all we don’t have a definition of what that actually means and since there is no definition there are no clear criteria to truly determine what a B+ player actually looks like. Which basically means at the end of this I am right and so are you if that is how you feel, I mean truth is relative right? Of course if truth is relative the statement in itself may or may not be true. On second thought let’s skip the philosophy stuff.

The bottom line with Daniel Bryan is the simple fact that he isn’t big enough to carry the WWE, yet. Most people seem to think that this statement refers to his physical size, but that is not the case. I don’t think that Daniel Bryan as a performer is big enough to hold the strap. Daniel Bryan is not larger than life and because of that he has limitations. His character isn’t really a gimmick and when you are dealing with 100% real life it can only go so far. Daniel Bryan seems like a nice guy from a small town and if he told you that he still lives in the house his parents raised him in you would believe him. That is who Daniel Bryan is when he is in the ring and when he is out of the ring. I thank Total Diva’s for helping shed some light on that, not that I watch it every Sunday night.

Along with not being larger than life his character also lacks a certain edge or attitude if you will. He doesn’t carry himself with the swagger or the confidence that others before him had. Shawn Michaels may have been cocky but that is part of the reason you believed he could beat anyone. Stone Cold didn’t trust anyone and marched to ring on his own terms. The Rock oozed confidence the moment he walked into the arena. Daniel Bryan often times came out with a little smirk, they tried to use the beard to further the gimmick and the crowd loved it, but he doesn’t have the edge to make people tune in every week. The fans loved Mick Foley too and he was a great talent, but they didn’t keep the belt on him for very long either.
The good news is that there is hope for Daniel Bryan. It took Shawn Michaels 8 years to become WWE champion and Bryan has only been with the company for like 4 years.

Also the WWE now knows what works and what doesn’t. As a heal with AJ Lee and short hair Bryan was great, just like Michaels. The goat face didn’t work and it wasn’t going work no matter how much you love the guy. I have loved what I have seen from Bryan the last couple of weeks with the Wyatt’s. He seems angry and he seems determined and he seems serious. All things I didn’t see from him when he was in the “authority” angle.

Maybe he is pissed he lost his spot or maybe this is the character that WWE told him to be. Either way an angry chair wielding Bryan who is serious about being the best will have a much better chance at carrying the WWE than the happy, hardworking boy from Aberdeen Washington. I think that Daniel Bryan will eventually be at the top of WWE food chain. Not because the fans are bored with John Cena, but because he is the best at what he does. I hope he doesn’t listen to everything that Shawn Michaels has ever said because in Bryans case I think “losing his smile” is a good thing.

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Jason Duclos

Jason DuClos has been a contributing writer for CCB since 2013. He is a loving father of three, a devoted husband, part time youth director, and full time fantasy football fanatic. When he is not coaching 1st and 4th grade basketball, teaching, or writing a paper for school is he working on his blog. He is self described as the other side of the coin, someone who lives on the side of devils advocate. Whether it’s fantasy football or wrestling, he will not shy away from controversy. You can read his blogs exclusively on CCB and follow him on Twitter @TSMPDX

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