WWE News: Is Daniel Bryan vs. Sin Cara the Smartest Mid-Card Feud of 2011?

Jai ShahCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Whether it's Hunico or Mistico under the mask, one of the benefits of the illusion of Sin Cara is that it doesn't matter because it's a character, rather than specifically a person, like almost every other wrestler in the WWE.  And this illusion may just help put Sin Cara's character over with the WWE Universe, an issue that the WWE has been trying to resolve since his debut earlier in 2011. 

The benefit of hindsight would suggest that Mistico should have spent nine months in FCW, learning the WWE style and adapting his tremendous talents and craft to create, possibly, the most exciting superstar since Rey Mysterio's debut back in 2002. 

The WWE could have steadily built up his debut, maybe having him come in at the Royal Rumble and putting him immediately into a feud with Del Rio, or a heel cruiserweight type wrestler, who draws a lot of heat.  Either way, that hasn't happened, and due to the frequency of botches in 'Sin Cara' matches, both Hunico and Mistico are responsible for these, as well as the rumoured backstage issues, overall Sin Cara is steadily being viewed as a flop by many critics.

Enter Daniel Bryan.  In one of the more surprising moments of 2011, the WWE think tank came up with the idea of Bryan winning the Smackdown Money In The Bank briefcase.  A pure wrestler, possibly the finest technician within the WWE, who barely fits into the stereotypical mould of previous headliners such as The Rock, HHH, The Undertaker and John Cena.  He's not even 6' tall, doesn't hit 200 lbs and cannot be classified anywhere near a heavyweight.  He also happens to have a tremendous global fanbase, gained in niche markets wrestling in purer technical forms of the sport, but WWE haven't developed and moulded him into their product, the way that the majority of previous headliners have been.

Then recently they seem to have dropped the ball with Bryan, dissolving a potentially great feud with Wade Barrett, and leaving him with basically nothing.  And due to the backstage situation with Sin Cara, Mistico's violation of the WWE's Wellness Policy, Hunico's continuation of botches and the noticeable difference in their movesets, Sin Cara has quickly become maybe the second biggest embarrassment of 2011, depending on the Kevin Nash angle.

Now, however, we as fans may be treated to an enticing feud, that may only last for one to two months, but could add some serious credibility to Sin Cara's status with the fans, and push both him and Bryan further towards the main event scene.  The added benefit of this feud, besides the complimentary styles that both wrestlers have, is that working Bryan with Sin Cara should hopefully speed up Sin Cara adapting to the WWE style. 

It could be a feud that echoes the great rivalry of Angle and Guerrero, and may highlight Sin Cara's overlooked mat-skills.  More than anything, besides hopefully a set of great matches, the rivalry would put both superstars over, and make them relevant to the WWE product.

Sin Cara is destined to be the replacement for Rey if the plans are successful, and the WWE hired, rehired and pushed Daniel Bryan, so there is clearly an expectation that he's ready for big things. 

The current issue with both superstars seems to be that they are entertaining, reasonably over with the fans, but it's still a gamble planting a title on either of them.  Even investing too much time in their matches is hard, when the majority of the fans (kids and parents before the IWC is outraged) are paying to see Orton, Cena etc. 

HHH and The Rock were once in a similar situation, and their often underrated feud has left a legacy in creating two of the top-10 WWE wrestlers ever, and maybe Daniel Bryan feuding with Sin Cara could pay off similar dividends.