Daniel Bryan Cannot Turn Heel and Be Taken Seriously in the WWE

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Daniel Bryan is the current world champion on SmackDown, and he has been enjoying the ride ever since cashing in his MITB briefcase on Big Show at TLC.

Some are speculating that Bryan cashing in the way he did, and the follow-up segments on SmackDown, are leading to an eventual heel turn. While I see the logic in this assumption, I do not see the logic in this idea. Daniel Bryan is not someone who can pull off a heel character in WWE.

When was the last time WWE had a heel his size who was actually convincing? Would you be afraid of Daniel Bryan if he was trying to intimidate you?

His appeal lies in his skill, not his character.

Bryan should be cheered by those who like him and booed by those who don't. He does not need to be known as a heel or a face to be known as a good wrestler. But in WWE, he does need to be able to fit his character, and a heel character in WWE would not suit him.

In order to be a WWE heel you need a few things. You need to be intimidating, or at least vindictive, in order to be a successful heel. It also does not hurt if you are bigger than at least one or two guys backstage.

Bryan does not fit the bill for a heel. His size will always make him an underdog, unless he faces Mysterio or Bourne, and his attitude will never really be convincing as a heel.

He may have been able to pull off a heel role in the indies because there were less guys who had the physique of a young Adrian Adonis, but WWE is and always has been the land of big wrestlers.


Imagine Sheamus as the face and Bryan as the heel in a match. Doesn't really work, does it?

He is portrayed as a laid-back guy who knows he is not the biggest, but knows he is one of the best. This kind of character is a rare thing in WWE, especially one without a massive ego.

I have developed into a huge Daniel Bryan fan over the last couple of years, and I do not think I would be able to sit and watch him attempt to be a heel. The guy who barely had the marbles to kiss AJ on the cheek would not be convincing as someone his opponents are supposed to hate or fear.

Like Mysterio, Bryan is a borne babyface. He is always going to be cheered by a section of the crowd who appreciate him for his skill, much like how Eddie Guerrero always got some cheers, even as a heel.

I am all for superstars trying out different things to see what works, but Bryan already has something that works: being known for his skill and not as a character.

What do you think? Would Daniel Bryan ever be able to make a good heel.


Please take a moment to check out my other articles from today:

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Will Batista, RVD and Lesnar follow Jericho back to WWE?
Does Sheamus need to turn heel?
Can Kofi Kingston advance beyod the mid card?
Why Jack Evans should be hired by WWE