I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about Daniel Bryan and why I love what WWE Creative is doing with his character. Despite doing a lousy job with so many careers in the WWE, the folks in Connecticut are doing something right.
I liked Daniel Bryan as a face. It was hard not to like the guy. He was that guy who no one believed in, and here he is.
And to garner more sympathy for Daniel, they put him on a significant job streak when they should have really been pushing him and highlighting his superior mat skills. But in typical WWE form, he is pooped on more often than a statue in Central Park.
And then he wins the strap. In my head I am seeing WWE Creative letting him keep the strap a week or so—they did it to Christian for goodness sake—and then strip him of it. But to my surprise, he still has the strap. They even put him against ridiculously gargantuan opponents in Mark Henry and Big Show.
Of course they could only do this by making him either stupid lucky (a la Santino Marella) or a cowardly heel champion.
I usually hate both of the above, as neither character is ever done well, and both characters are usually make to look weak. The Miz and Randy Orton had their time as champions when they played the cowardly heel, and I always felt that it cheapened two really good wrestlers and characters.
But it works in Daniel Bryan's case. Daniel Bryan has really taken off in terms of charisma and mic skills as a heel. He plays the role of the irritating vegan, hippie, NPR-listener (no offense to vegans, hippies or those who listen to NPR) to perfection and plays up how he legitimately was given no shot by anyone to excel in the WWE.
Further, he keeps his title by being a coward, but he does so using a lot of brains. A coward is a coward and inherently weak, but one that is able to use their brains to keep their belt brings in an underestimated necessity in keeping a strap—brains.
How do you see it Bleachers? I welcome your comments.