As mentioned, Bryan's in-ring work is among the best in the world. It was that way before he went to WWE. It's been that way since he's been in WWE too. By being a very good in-ring performer, he brings something very important to the table: credibility.
If you compare him to somebody like The Miz, a former WWE Champion, Bryan's credibility blows The Miz out of the water. Miz makes those angry faces that make him look like he's constipated. His offense doesn't look that physical.
Bryan is smaller than Miz, yet when he does a move, it looks like it hurts. The kicks sound painful. The running dropkick looks like it really hurts. His finishing move, The Yes Lock, is vicious.
Today's wrestling fan doesn't want to see a performer that looks fake. They want everything to look as real as possible. It's why Brock Lesnar is such a huge draw in today's WWE. He brings credibility to the table thanks to his amateur wrestling and UFC background.
A wrestler like Bryan is special because he can work a technical style, a fast-paced style or a brawling style. It doesn't matter what kind of match he's booked in.
If the match gets a sufficient amount of time, no matter who the opponent is, you know you're going to get an above average wrestling match.
All of this means that Daniel Bryan is a valuable commodity in WWE. Yes, guys like Cena, Orton and Punk will be pushed as bigger stars in the short term, but the value of Bryan can't be denied. He's a level above all the other heels in the company.
Daniel Bryan is the perfect heel in today's WWE.
John Canton is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. You can read more of his work at his website TJRWrestling.com and follow him on Twitter @johnreport too.