Daniel Bryan is capable of headlining in the WWE.
The former “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson has had quite a ride since becoming the World champion in December 2011. Bryan gained more momentum ever since he lost the title to Sheamus at WrestleMania 28.
He’s fought for the WWE title against CM Punk during the summer, formed Team Hell No with Kane and proved to the world he is no longer the weak link. During the entire run of 2012, Bryan’s proved he can headline a pay-per-view.
If his recent matches with Randy Orton and Sheamus on Raw aren't any indication, I don't know what will qualify Bryan for main-event pay-per-views.
For starters, wrestling helps. Bryan put on some amazing moments getting the crowd behind him. The fans roared when he made Seth Rollins tap on SmackDown, handing The Shield its first loss in six-man tag action. The crowd popped more when he defeated Randy Orton clean in the June 24 edition of Raw. Bryan made Orton tap out in a street fight by using the No Lock with a kendo stick.
The fans loved Bryan before those moments. His “YES,” chant is still going strong today, and to think, that phenomenon began after his WrestleMania loss. He gained even more momentum while teaming with Kane. They held the tag team titles for nine months, even though it was mainly based on a comedic act.
Both WWE Superstars played well with each other, gaining more support from the fans. It made Bryan’s turn as a full babyface easier.
Now, Bryan has the chance to ascend to that main-event picture. Sunday, July 14, marks the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, where he will vie for the briefcase once again. If Bryan wins, he’ll get that shot against John Cena for the WWE title sometime within the year.
Bryan will most likely face Cena at SummerSlam, according to The Wrestling Observer (via wrestlinginc.com). The report also states some officials are pushing Bryan to win the title which sounds as if they are confident Bryan can headline pay-per-views. And, truthfully, it’s been a long time coming.
Bryan is more than capable of headlining in the WWE. He’s not the big, strong guy the WWE usually trusts in that role. However, Bryan is that guy with the strong heart. That’s what matters most to the fans: Daniel Bryan is a headliner in their hearts and minds. Now, it’s time for him to headline in the WWE.