Daniel Bryan’s dramatic WWE title win at Wrestlemania 30 had all the tell tale signs of a perfectly laid plan. The odds were packed high against him. Like every good story, the hero comes out on top. However, since Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan’s title reign has been quite under whelming. He may just be the latest victim in a long line of unmemorable world champions.
Despite riding a high from his big Wrestlemania 30 win, Daniel Bryan has had a very hectic month. He certainly had a lot to stress about in the last month. He recently got married and had to deal with the trauma of his father suddenly passing away. Those stresses are taking a noticeable toll on his body. Although Bryan is not known for being a mass of muscle, over the last few weeks, Bryan has looked much leaner and thinner than usual. This is worrisome. WWE head honcho is known for putting the sole responsibility of selling tickets on the shoulders of his champion. It’s possible that if McMahon takes this as a sign that Bryan caves under pressure, he may pull the plug on a champion he already had doubts about.
A similar case happened a decade ago, when WWE legend Eddie Guerrero was crowned the king of the WWE. After winning the championship from Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero spiraled downward. McMahon, sensing his meal ticket was struggling with the responsibilities, quickly hustled the title off of Eddie Guerrero and onto JBL. It came only months after Guerrero’s initial title win.
Another thing holding Daniel Bryan back is his lack of personality. Unlike Eddie Guerrero, who was very charismatic throughout his career, Daniel Bryan is not a natural entertainer. His promos leave a lot to be desired, especially in comparison to former champions like Triple H, Randy Orton and John Cena. This was never more apparent than last night after the Extreme Rules pay per view. Daniel Bryan was answering questions at a mock press conference, and his demeanor was so unnatural and fake. The whole segment bordered on the absurd.
Maybe it’s true what some wrestling critics have stated. Daniel Bryan is a tremendous wrestler, arguably the best in the world. But being a great wrestler doesn’t necessarily define what a sports entertainment champion should be. Daniel Bryan may get the crowd excited, and get them to scream “Yes” for a few minutes each night, but at the end of the day, if he’s not selling merchandise, raising ratings or selling tickets, he’s not the right man for the job.