Daniel Bryan Is More Effective as a Babyface

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMarch 12, 2013

photo from wwe.com
photo from wwe.com

Alas, Team Hell No looks to be headed for a break-up.

On recent editions of Raw, we have seen Daniel Bryan and Kane bicker—well, more than usual—and struggle to work together as a team. One report, from WrestlingInc, has claimed that a split is imminent, possibly as soon as WrestleMania.

Oh, dear. What would Dr. Shelby say?

While many will no doubt be sad to see the duo split—the two have been one of the most entertaining WWE tag team in a long, long time—and now might the best time do it.

Bryan and Kane have probably achieved everything they can together as a team, and if WWE keep Team Hell No going much longer, it risks going stale.

Another reason the split is a good idea is that it allows WWE to re-focus on Bryan’s solo career.

Bryan has been largely kept out of the World Title scene since his embarrassing 18-second loss to Sheamus at last year’s WrestleMania.

Ideally, following his return to main events, Bryan will not revert back to his whiny, obnoxious heel persona. Instead WWE should allow him to remain as a babyface, because this is a role he thrives in.

If the last year has proved anything, it’s that the former ROH star can be a huge babyface in WWE. Never mind Ryback or Alberto Del Rio—Bryan is the next big fan favorite.  

For one thing, he’s got an endearing underdog appeal and is naturally likable. It’s easy for behind to get behind him when he goes up against larger, scarier foes.

As his priceless skits with Dr. Shelby and Kane show, he is also a great comedic performer capable of eliciting laughs from fans and viewers.  As Sheamus and John Cena illustrate, WWE expect its top babyfaces to be able to perform comedy well.  

Furthermore, Bryan is such a tremendous wrestler, WWE doesn’t have to worry about him becoming too much of a joke and not being taken seriously. 

And who can forget his catchphrase? Whatever variation of he’s using, it’s caught on in a major way.  Fans love chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” or “No! No! No!”  along with him.

Let’s face it: when it comes to all-round talent, Bryan might very well be the best guy in the company right now. Who else can compare?

Of course, if WWE wants him to be a success, he’ll need to be booked a bit better—is there anyone he hasn’t lost to in recent times? Maybe management feel that wins and losses don’t matter with him and he’ll remain over regardless.

They may have a point. 

But, still, if the star is going to ascend to the top of WWE again he needs to pick up some major wins to regain credibility.

It’s time for Bryan to split with Kane and go his own way. Sure, he had a decent run in the tag team ranks, and even helped make the struggling division worth watching again, but it's time for him to move on and become a top babyface. Anything else is simply a waste of his considerable talents.