When I watched WrestleMania 28, I was more of a Daniel Bryan fan than a Sheamus fan and was looking forward to finally seeing him compete in a title defense at WrestleMania. As he lost within 18 seconds, I, along with others, was left extremely disappointed.
Bryan has been one of the most talented in-ring superstars in the industry for years. As one of the first graduates of Shawn Michaels’ Texas Wrestling Academy (along with Brian Kendrick), Bryan showed the technical ability needed for a guy his size to excell.
Bryan, billed at 5’10", 210 lbs., has a similar combination of speed, technical ability and submission maneuvers to the likes of Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko and perhaps most similarly, Chris Benoit.
His heel turn may have been the best thing for his career moving forward. The big knock on Bryan is that he lacks the proper mic skills to be over as a major superstar. To critics, where he excells in the ring, Bryan lacks on the microphone.
However, that seemed to change as the real life vegan became a self righteous, conniving heel character. His trademark yelling of, “YES! YES! YES!” repetitively during his entrance seems to have picked up with fans, as it is growing into one of the most popular chants at WWE live events.
WWE needs to continue marketing and acknowledging just how over Bryan is with the audience right now. Although he is supposed to be the heel in his matches, many fans are starting to get behind Bryan every week and are tuning into Smackdown to see his matches. Should WWE continue to push him? YES! YES! YES!!!