Not Ready Yet: 4 Alternatives to Daniel Bryan
This is something of a joke article, but the point of this is very real, and that is the fact that Daniel Bryan is in no way ready to be a World Heavyweight Champion and his performances over the past couple of weeks (and in fact, his performance while Mr. Money in The Bank) proved that.
So, with that said, I'm going to show evidence backing up five unlikely World Heavyweight Champions as alternatives to Daniel Bryan as World Heavyweight Champion. Most of these are jobbers. Most of these are only a few wins away from being about as successful as Daniel Bryan was as Mr. Money in The Bank on television.
Do you see what I'm saying here? Let's get on with it, shall we?
A man who had a successful outing tonight for the first time in a while. Despite popular belief, he can draw heat quite well and has an impressive look and is something different for the most part.
He, like many other people on this list, isn't "The Best Technical Wrestler in The World," but I think he more than makes up for it in several factors WWE considers just a bit more important.
Say what you will about Mahal, but the man has potential. Sure, he'd be relegated to being a cowardly heel champion, but better a usual cowardly heel than an unusual cowardly face.
Justin Gabriel actually had a pretty good push earlier this year. That push, itself, would have been great for someone who just got out of a tag team and was making a big name for himself as a singles star, and that's just was Gabriel was doing.
Now, granted, I've not really heard Justin with a mic much, but he wasn't terrible. At the very least, I think he could have held his own with a Daniel Bryan. Again, not the best technical guy, but if JG was anything, he was entertaining to watch in that ring.
Far more entertaining than the current champ, in my opinion.
Speaking of Justin Gabriel, here's another unlikely, yet still better option than our current World Champion in his former tag partner Heath Slater. For all the dumb jokes hurled at him, people seem to forget that in the ring, Heath is no slouch and was one of the better workers during his time on NXT.
Add to the fact he's not half-bad on the mic and has some personality, and he's already miles ahead of our current Champion with his versatility and move-set.
Might I add he does hold a clean victory over Chris Jericho (And they started the match with both men on their feet. Just sayin'...).
This guy actually comes off to me as a slightly smaller, Canadian Daniel Bryan. Makes me think he could have just as easily taken his spot. Makes me also wonder why WWE didn't decide to use him more.
Granted, as a total package performer, both are pretty much neck and neck (Bryan may have better mic skills, but then again, that's debatable).
With that said, the mere fact that you could virtually replace Tyson Kidd and Daniel Bryan and have almost the same result is a testament in itself. Not knocking technical wrestling or the guys who use it, mind you.
And truthfully, Kidd is a better high-flyer than Bryan, but my point is you have to be a total package guy and Bryan and Kidd (as much as it pains me on both accounts) just aren't.