In what started out as a small part of Daniel Bryan’s character, the “Yes!” chant has taken on a life of its own.
Fans in attendance at recent events, after Bryan’s title loss to Sheamus at WrestleMania 28, have made the chant as popular as any.
During his recent interview with GQ magazine, what did the former world heavyweight champion have to say about the overwhelming fan support he has enjoyed since WrestleMania?
GQ: Monday was a special night. What were you thinking as the night went on and the chants just kept going?
Daniel Bryan: I thought the whole thing was unreal, that all these people were getting behind me. Or maybe they weren't getting behind me. Maybe it's just fun to chant "Yes!" But it was really cool. I came out and did a post-show [non-televised] dark match, and there was a really special moment where they were behind me 100%.
Unless the creative team somehow makes the fans turn on Bryan in the coming weeks, I believe that he will naturally be flipped from being a heel to a fan favorite, in a similar manner to CM Punk last summer during his breakout year.
Personally, I think it would be great to see Sheamus as a dominant heel champion on Smackdown, with Bryan as the fan favorite underdog.
After all, the fans aren’t really booing him so much.
However, knowing how good the WWE is at messing up a good thing, we’ll likely see the company have Bryan do something to turn the crowd against him. It's likely that could occur in an angle with his ex-girlfriend, AJ.
With the fans firmly behind the former world heavyweight champion, what do you think the WWE should do with Daniel Bryan?