When the WWE is on the road to WrestleMania, things can often happen that catch you by surprise. This year is no different—think CM Punk's supposed departure from the company, for example.
However, one thing that has been a constant over the past few months is the popularity of Daniel Bryan. The guy who was a rookie in Season 1 of NXT has risen to the very top of the company with the use of just one simple word: "YES!"
In wrestling terms, Bryan is over. He's hot, and he's going to get even hotter as WrestleMania XXX approaches. In many ways, creative has been quite smart in terms of the way it has booked Bryan. His feud with Bray Wyatt, for example, was a masterstroke.
Many believed that by turning Bryan heel, he would lose all of the momentum and fan power that he had gained in the preceding months. How wrong could they be? The moment when Bryan turned back into a babyface—a move that caught many by surprise—was arguably one of the hottest nights in the recent history of the WWE.
That almost seemed to cement Bryan's place at the very top of the WWE at this moment in time. With the departure of CM Punk—possibly as much a fan favorite as Bryan is—Bryan has the limelight all to himself. And now the WWE needs to give him his moment in the spotlight.
Bryan's last two appearances at WrestleMania have been nothing short of abysmal. Sure, he managed to retain his tag titles with Kane at last year's event, but it was an incredibly short match. Then there was the atrocity of 2012 when he was beaten inside 18 seconds by Sheamus.
That moment at WrestleMania 28 almost enables Bryan to deserve a huge show this year. He has worked tirelessly over the past two years and is perhaps the most exciting guy to watch in the ring—even without his patented chant.
That chant, however, is what elevates Bryan from the rest. That connection with fans is a priceless thing to have in wrestling. Daniel Bryan is arguably the hottest guy the WWE has had since Stone Cold Steve Austin. A guy who can make the fans explode with just a subtle promo or a subtle movement.
Think back to the ceremony to mark the unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship belts. Triple H was trying to cut a promo to push the match between Randy Orton and John Cena, but the crowd only cared about Bryan. So much so that Triple H had to stop speaking, and several stars—including Shawn Michaels—tried to hush the crowd. Bryan's popularity makes it impossible for him to be ignored when considering the big storylines moving forward.
One would hope the WWE's creative team has enormous plans in place for Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX. That could be him finally getting his revenge on The Authority for months and months of screwjobs, or it could be something even bigger. There are sure to be twists and turns with plenty of time until Mania.
However, whatever the storyline, Daniel Bryan deserves a big WrestleMania moment.