Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan join forces in 2012.
Despite making a name for himself on the independent scene, many assumed that Bryan Danielson (aka Daniel Bryan) didn’t stand a chance of making it in WWE. However, he made a lasting impression his first night on NXT when he competed in classic against then-World Heavyweight champion Chris Jericho.
Although Bryan came up short against Y2J, he proved in defeat that he was here to stay in WWE. Though he’d later be eliminated from NXT and legitimately fired from the company, he wouldn’t allow any of that to prevent him from living out his dream.
Fast forward four years and Bryan is one of the most popular Superstars in the entire WWE. He’s coming off a major WWE World Heavyweight Championship victory during the main event of WrestleMania 30, but he is currently on the sidelines for an undisclosed amount of time with a neck injury.
Jericho has noted on his podcast in the past that he saw potential in Bryan from the first night they worked together. They’ve had only one other singles match since on the February 11, 2013 edition of Raw, with Jericho once again emerging victorious.
Y2J even requested to work with Bryan going into WrestleMania this year, but he was turned down when he discovered the former Ring of Honor star was already booked for the event. Even still, that doesn’t mean the two can’t collide when Bryan eventually returns to the ring.
It’s unlikely that Bryan will come back before Jericho takes another hiatus away from WWE, but I suppose anything is possible. Whether Jericho works as the heel or the two feud as faces, anything involving Jericho and Bryan in the same ring together is sure to be spectacular.
A rivalry between them would be especially interesting if it were over the WWE World Heavyweight title, given Jericho’s past claims of being WWE’s first undisputed champion. Either way, this is one feud that WWE must make happen before long as it has the potential to be better than anything we’ve seen in years.
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Graham Mirmina, aka Graham “GSM” Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling, and “like” his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.