Daniel Bryan: 4 Reasons Why He Will Successfully Cash in at WrestleMania XXVIII

Sexton HardcastleAnalyst IAugust 7, 2011

Daniel Bryan: 4 Reasons Why He Will Successfully Cash in at WrestleMania XXVIII

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    Two weeks ago Daniel Bryan shocked the wrestling world by winning the SmackDown Money in the Bank match. As it stands, the MITB contract is considered a guaranteed World Championship. 

    A week ago on SmackDown, Bryan announced that he will cash in his MITB contract at WrestleMania XXVIII. Since the announcement, many have predicted that Bryan won't go as far as WrestleMania. 

    Many people think Bryan will lose the contract Mr. Kennedy style before WrestleMania. Some think he will cash in on a fallen champion, as so many before him have. There's even the possibility that Bryan will become the first man to ever unsuccessfully cash in the MITB contract.

    I believe Daniel Bryan will go all the way to Miami, and will indeed win his first World Championship (to the delight of internet smarks worldwide).

    I will outline four good reasons why Daniel Bryan will successfully cash in at WrestleMania 28.

1) WrestleMania XXVIII Does Not Require More Starpower

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    It's already well documented, the main event of WrestleMania 28 will be the dream match of The Rock vs John Cena. Add to that the possibility of The Undertaker's last match, as well as a rumoured match between CM Punk vs Triple H, and the event begins to sell itself. 

    Even if CM Punk vs Triple H doesn't happen, the other two matches are enough of a selling point. Hence, it isn't necessary to stack every match with main event caliber superstars.

    Daniel Bryan ideally would cash in for a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Due to the hype around Rock vs Cena, the WWE can afford to stick a WrestleMania rookie (although extremely talented wrestler) in a main event match.

    It has worked in the past. WrestleMania 20 was headlined by both Eddie Guererro an Chris Benoit, upper mid-card wrestlers whom at the time were not main event superstars. Daniel Bryan would play the same role as Chris Benoit, in a triple threat match with two other veterans.

    It worked for WrestleMania 20, and with a better headlining match, it too could work for WrestleMania 28.

2) the Opportunity to Create a Main-Event Superstar

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    It's no secret. WWE is in a talent shortage, and the situation isn't getting better. Over the last two years the WWE has seen a number of main event veterans leave or retire. Now they are only left with a few main event veterans.

    The WWE needs to push new talent to the main event. They are making a star out of Alberto Del Rio, and with the MITB contract they can make a superstar out of Daniel Bryan.

    Over the last year Bryan has been getting over with the fans due to his incredible in-ring ability. He is also showing signs of improvement on the mic in recent verbal wars with Michael Cole and Wade Barrett.

    Imagine what a win at WrestleMania would do for him. Daniel Bryan would become the new-brand of underdog that the WWE needs. I'm not referring to the John Cena/Rey Mysterio underdogs. No, Daniel Bryan would be an underdog because of where he has come from.

    He isn't the most physically built superstar, and he has worked his way up through the Indys for ten years to get to where he is today. He is already an underdog at the current time because of this. 

    If Daniel Bryan wins at WrestleMania 28, the WWE would have created a new main event superstar, and a  new underdog that people aren't sick of winning.

3) His Ability to Work 5-Star Matches

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    It's Inarguable. Given the opportunity, Daniel Bryan would wrestle a five-star match. His tremendous in-ring ability is what has brought him to the WWE, and gotten him over with the WWE Universe.

    From a WrestleMania perspective, 'The Grandest Stage of Them All' needs more five-star matches. The last few years it has relied on Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker and Triple H vs Undertaker for great matches.

    WrestleMania just isn't generating the same amount of great matches it used to. Over time that will impact the buyrate. The Rock won't be around forever to save the WWE's monkey ass.

    Imagine if you will, WrestleMania 28. Combine the unbelievable atmosphere of Rock vs Cena with the technical brilliance of a Daniel Bryan main event, and the upper card of WrestleMania would be fantastic to watch. 

    The WWE needs to give Bryan a chance to shine at WrestleMania. He missed out this year, and the WWE shouldn't make the same mistake twice.

4) It Adds a New Dimension to the Money in the Bank Contract

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    Sure, we know that a superstar can cash in their MITB at WrestleMania, we also know that they could unsuccessfully cash in. Without ever seeing it happen, it is less of a possibility.

    After 10 Money in the Bank matches, I believe it's time that one of the winners actually takes their contract to WrestleMania. 

    The cashing in on a fallen champion has become monotonous of the last two years. We've seen it far too often. Not to mention it sends the message that is the catalyst for articles like this: Anyone who wins Money in the Bank is going to win a world championship.

    I'm not saying Daniel Bryan has to lose at WrestleMania, but the same scenario time and time again is growing tiresome. Hell, despite what the title of the article says, I wouldn't be all that angry to see Daniel Bryan lose at WrestleMania.

    His presence in the main event alone, in addition to the fantastic match quality, is good enough to turn him into a star. 


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    For those four reasons, I believe it is imperative that the WWE follows through on Daniel Bryan.

    They should take him to the main event, and he should become the next up-and-coming main-event superstar.

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