Daniel Bryan, formerly known as Bryan Danielson in his Ring of Honor hay days, is an excellent talent with a bright future just ahead.
When it was first reported that Bryan had signed the dotted line to WWE, there was excitement but a slight bit of skepticism.
Fans that have watched and applauded the “American Dragon” from the very beginning were worried that his skills would go to waste in the WWE.
It has been a tough ride for Bryan and fans during his journey in the WWE, not only was he not pushed right away, but he also was not even put on the main roster.
Bryan would have his name changed as well to fit WWE “standards,” he would debut his new name and same great in-ring skills on WWE’s first season of NXT.
He would not win as the Englishmen Wade Barrett would capture that prize.
But fans would not lose hope as they would anticipate his developments.
The hopes would be short lived though as, Bryan would be let go do to a certain incident live on Monday Night Raw.
On the June 7 edition of Raw, Bryan and his fellow NXT rookie colleagues (Nexus) would crash the broadcast and would attack other superstars and members of the announcer team.
Bryan was said to be too violent, as he used announcer Justin Roberts own tie to strangle him. This did not fit WWE’s TV-PG program rating.
Daniel Bryan was sent packing to go back to the independent wrestling circuit. This would not last long as he would soon return.
He would return and would be set as a mid-card performer. Bryan would have short feuds with the likes of Sheamus, Miz and Ted DiBiase. He would carry the U.S. title at this time as well.
But this is not a review article so let’s fast forward to current time.
Now we have Daniel Bryan “The American Dragon” as Smack-Down’s Mr. Money in the Bank.
This was unexpected to fans everywhere. Yes, the fans have high hopes for Bryan but many expected WWE to just waste his talents. We have seen this in the past with past performers.
This year’s WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view was the best event of the year, even out shining WrestleMania 27 with product quality.
The event had many incredible moments and Daniel Bryan winning the SmackDown briefcase was one of them.
The question began of when “The American Dragon” would relish the moment and would cash in his chance to be champion.
Fans would be stunned as he announced on the July 22 edition of SmackDown that he will wait until WrestleMania 28 which is set for April 1, 2012.
This would have people questioning this decision.
But like in my article, I stated “patience is a virtue." Let me tell you why.
Look at the brand Daniel Bryan is on, there is a lack of major star power.
Yes, Bryan is a proven veteran (outside of the WWE), but he still has to connect with the fans that are not too familiar with the “American Dragon.”
Him having the Smack-Down briefcase is great, there are many ways to keep him active until April 1, 2012…that is if he does not cash it in before then.
Just like the other roster members of SmackDown, Bryan needs time to grow and hone his skills to take that next step to be a champion.
There is no doubt Daniel Bryan has all the skills but WWE right now is looking to build up major stars and Bryan is not there yet.
If he were to cash in his chance, win the title and then lose it the whole thing would equal out to be pointless.
Look at Jack Swagger…don’t have to explain much more.
WWE does not have to be trigger happy right now, all they have to do is let Daniel Bryan do what he knows best. WWE just has to shine the spotlight on him.
Same goes for Alberto Del Rio, fans have complained about him being snubbed over and over.
He has won numerous title shots, Royal Rumble and now the Raw’s Money in the Bank but still no title to claim as his own.
FOLLOWING WAS REPORTED BY SESCOOPS.COM:
Creative overhauled the match lineup for SummerSlam Monday afternoon after deeming their creative plans for CM Punk for the event as “awful.” Del Rio was effectively removed from the title picture as a result. WWE’s braintrust felt that had Punk not been slotted in the title match, his much talked about storyline would extinguish.
Though Del Rio had the rug pulled out from under him once again, creative has the 34-year-old pegged for a title run this fall. WWE announced today they will present a landmark tour across Mexico this October and a number of high ranking officials feel the countryman returning as a conquering hero will garner a great deal of media attention.
Yes, once again Del Rio’s title opportunity and potential title run has been put on the back burner.
Is it a good thing for Bryan to wait and cash in?
If you ask me, the title run in the fall makes a lot of sense and right now is the time to capitalize on CM Punk's hot streak.
Alberto Del Rio is ready for that next step to be champion as he is a well known veteran outside the WWE as well.
But we don’t have to rush it. Alberto can help build up other performers to help build up major star power within the WWE.
Also, Del Rio feuding with another performer would add more depth to this year’s WWE SummerSlam.
Alberto Del Rio and Daniel Bryan's time to cash in will eventually come and when it does they will be ready.
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