The path to becoming a successful WWE world champ is lined with more obstacles than just chair-wielding enemies.
Ring work, connecting with fans and drawing crowds are among the requirements to flourishing with the gold draped across one's shoulder. To both earn the opportunity and thrive after receiving it, a wrestler faces the tough task of being an athlete, a spokesman, a warrior and a star.
Of the 44 men who have held the WWE title, only a few are in the discussion of placement on WWE's Mount Rushmore. For Daniel Bryan to join them, he has much work ahead of him.
Examining the traits that men like Hulk Hogan, John Cena and Steve Austin have in common reveals the formula for becoming a great world champ and what tests lie ahead for Bryan to enter that same tier.