As we have seen in recent weeks, Daniel Bryan is one of the hottest superstars in the WWE. His constant attempts to prove to people—especially his fellow former WWE Tag Team champion and partner Kane—that he is not the weak link after his string of losses is successfully being used to propel and revitalize his character.
Not only is this angle working, it is getting Daniel Bryan back into the limelight. His alliance with Kane first gave us comical behavior and therapy sessions, but became stale after continuous arguing. Although Team Hell No was a success, it grew old, fast.
Now—it is Bryan's time.
The "Yes!" chants are still one of the most popular chants in wrestling today, and as we saw from the Edmonton crowd on SmackDown, it can be used as a fast track to make Daniel Bryan one of the top babyfaces in the company.
Other than Chris Jericho—who is having some of the best work of his career, but still (unfortunately) will not be used in the main event title picture anytime soon, if ever again—WWE currently lacks pure babyfaces. Speaking of Jericho, he even took the time to praise Daniel Bryan's recent work via Twitter, stating:
This is why Daniel Bryan should fill that role.
His initial World Heavyweight Championship run was decent. The only thing is, his "Yes!" gimmick was just starting to catch wind. Moreover, his heel character and feud with Mark Henry, Big Show, and Sheamus did not give him the opportunity to make his character propel him to be a solid main event guy.
Now, Daniel Bryan has all the elements to cement himself back in the main event.
On WWE Raw, Daniel Bryan had a great match with Ryback, truly showing his ability to make even mediocre wrestlers look good. The crowd was at a fever pitch, in hopes for Daniel Bryan to pull the unthinkable by defeating Ryback.
The WWE should capitalize on both that match and Daniel Bryan's recent buzz by making him go over Ryback. He would be the perfect person to give Bryan the nudge to the main event, and subsequent WWE Champion contender.
Ryback has had multiple opportunities to establish himself in the main event, but fell short every time. Whether it was him being stifled by WWE's reluctance of pulling the trigger back in October and having him win the WWE title, the frequent Shield attacks, or just his inability to get over enough to carry the WWE banner, Ryback should no longer be a top world title contender.
This is why he would serve best by putting Daniel Bryan over clean.
They should commence a legitimate feud after Payback. Daniel Bryan will still vow to prove that he is not the weak link, and challenge Ryback to a No. 1 contender's match for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank. If the match is anything like we saw on Raw, it would be a treat to see. Only this time, Daniel Bryan wins, the crowd goes bananas, and a Cena/Bryan main event match is set for SummerSlam.
A Cena/Bryan face vs. face match at SummerSlam would draw. Especially from what we are seeing now from Daniel Bryan. WWE should not drop the ball on this one. Instead, we should see Bryan—against all odds—defeat John Cena at SummerSlam, winning his first WWE Championship.
There is only one word to describe this—"Yes!"
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Chris Featherstone is a writer for WrestlingInc.com. You can continue to show your support on Facebook and Twitter. Tune and call in live this Tuesday night on the Pancakes and Powerslams wrestling talk show, 11pm ET on Blog Talk Radio.