(If you don’t like professional wrestling please proceed to another blog post.)
There is plenty wrong with professional wrestling today. Ratings are down, old superstars are retiring, and Alberto Del Rio is champion. But why? Why is professional wrestling stuck in a slump? Why is Triple H the focus of the show after CM Punk set the world on fire?
I’m a simple consumer who sees the problems in today’s program. And I’m going to point them out because analyzing is what I do best!
I’m going to be talking about the current direction of Bryan Danielson a.k.a Daniel Bryan.
I enjoy watching Daniel Bryan in the ring. I can’t even begin to properly praise everything he does while he wrestles. I know that whenever he steps into the ring, I’m in for a treat. Of course in the WWE, they say it takes more than in ring skills to be a success story.Daniel Bryan has had his ups and down in the WWE. He was on NXT season one and eliminated himself after a huge losing streak. During the show, Michael Cole would talk down Bryan. He would call him a nerd, a geek, worst of all, a goof. Bryan would end up punching Cole in the face later on, but to this day during any Daniel Bryan match, Michael Cole does not shut up about Bryan being a nerd.
After his elimination, Bryan would later become a part of the Nexus. However during this huge event, he was fired. He went “too” far when he choked out a ring announcer with his tie. Thankfully he was brought back in the main event of Summerslam where he tore up the place. He soon entered into a program with his former NXT mentor, The Miz. Bryan got two great matches when he worked with the Miz. He became the United States champion.The crowd was connecting with him. During the fall of 2010, he regularly appeared on PPVs from Night of Champions to Survivor Series. His match against Dolph Ziggler at Bragging Rights was tied for Match of the Year with the main event of Wrestlemania 26. It was one of my favorite matches of all time. Things were going good for Daniel Bryan.
That is until he was paired with two divas and turned into a ladies’ man. He wasn’t on the TLC PPV. He wasn’t featured as prominently. He was left off RAW shows. His matches got shorter. He started losing more. He lost the United States Championship to Sheamus. Their rematch was supposed to be at Wrestlemania, however it was dropped at the last second. Daniel Bryan was then drafted to Smackdown where he lost several matches. He entered a program with Cody Rhodes (Great Wrestler) where they exchanged victories with Rhodes coming out on top. It was okay. And he got a new nickname, D-Bry. Bryan didn’t seem to have any direction.
Then this happened.
Daniel Bryan won the Money in the Bank briefcase. I was surprised. He was going nowhere, but then bam. He was now guaranteed a world title shot anywhere and anyplace. I thought WWE was finally warming up to him. He started a new website. He started uploading youtube videos of him doing submissions. After Money in the Bank, he was on PPV in a singles match for the first time in 2011. He went up against Wade Barrett. I thought this was perfect.
Then he lost. And he lost. And he lost. Week after week. I think he beat Heath Slater but come on, it’s Heath Slater. And then he wasn’t on Smackdown.
I’m a little worried. I can’t tell if the WWE has some grand plan for Daniel Bryan. They aren’t good at long term plans. They seem to have Bryan losing to make him an underdog. I guess this could work out, but I don’t know why they are leaving him off TV. I think TV time is very precious to any superstar’s connection to the crowd. Daniel Bryan is not a John Cena or CM Punk where he can get the crowd pumped by just talking. He needs to wrestle. It’s what he does best. That’s how he gets the crowd going. Otherwise this whole storyline could go kaput if nobody cares about him at WM28. I’ll always be supporting him, but I’m not sure the average fan cares about a guy who loses again and again and isn’t on TV that much. The WWE is taking a gamble with Daniel Bryan that they have done with others and have failed. Losing streaks usually don’t help wrestlers get more popular than they originally were. I hope things work out for the best, otherwise Daniel Bryan winning the MITB would been for nothing.
I don’t think this losing streak is helping Bryan at all.