If you didn’t hear the chants last night on RAW, they went something like this: Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!
All night long.
I once argued with another wrestling fan, thinking it was about Daniel Bryan, only to discover it was about that word Yes! I was telling this fan what I told Bleacher Report two months ago—Daniel Bryan is the reason I started watching weekly, closely again. I called Daniel Bryan the MVP for quality and explained that he’s made everyone better since becoming world champion.
Out of breath, I allowed for a response and what did I hear?
I just don’t like that thing he does, always throwing his arms up and screaming, "Yes!"
I had no idea what to say to that then, but now I will just say I think you are alone in that sentiment, my friend.
But make no mistake as to what the chant was about. It was the WWE Universe rejecting the injustice that was Daniel Bryan-Sheamus at WrestleMania 28. It was the fans calling WWE on playing politics with one of professional wrestling’s best in Daniel Bryan.
It was an outcry, to say the least, and a video has surfaced of Daniel Bryan addressing the rabid crowd last night.
Daniel Bryan called WrestleMania 28 the worst night of his wrestling career, but he told the crowd, “I think you people have finally convinced them to make me a new T-shirt.” After that, Daniel Bryan called AJ Lee into the ring and asked what she thought before telling her to “shut up.” The fans screamed, "Yes, Yes, Yes!" as AJ Lee walked away shamed.
This begs a hell of a question: What does WWE do now? Will the evolution of Yes! become a revolution of Yes!? Will the WWE have the good sense not to rush to turn Daniel Bryan?
It would help if they acknowledge among themselves that this never would have happened without reckless and obnoxious booking. I have argued two things over the last month: Sheamus has not been hot on the road to WrestleMania and the value of the Royal Rumble is slowly fading.
Last night, the last two Royal Rumble winners stood in a ring and nobody cared at all.
They were chanting "Yes" or "Daniel Bryan."
At least for one night, WWE has created a monster. Where it goes from here is anybody's guess.
But I trust the Daniel Bryan of the last five months to make the most of whatever he is given. I just hope what he has built with AJ Lee and as the top heel in WWE doesn’t completely disappear due to the bad judgment of WWE creative. They need to let Daniel Bryan go back to work and promise not to interfere so badly in the future.
But I will say this:
If the fans continue to chant Yes!, it may be one of the greatest outlets wrestling has seen since living vicariously through a man who got to flip off his boss. The word Yes! is one we don’t get to say in real life as much as we’d like. It is a form of escapism when we can go to an arena and shout that precious word at the top of our lungs.
What should WWE do with Daniel Bryan?
As it stands right now, there is Daniel Bryan the wrestler and Daniel Bryan the monster, created by WWE’s poor decisions.
How they navigate the next month will say more about them than it will the MVP for quality. They need to prove they can make as good a decision now as they did a poor one at WrestleMania 28.
Anything less and the evolution may certainly become a revolution, and I’m not sure if the WWE is capable of handling that.
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