WWE Opinion: Daniel Bryan Is World Heavyweight Champion, but Why Should I Care?

Tyson JonesSenior Analyst IIIDecember 19, 2011

Last night was an impressive PPV in TLC, with some shocking moments to say the least, but also some not so shocking moments. A not so shocking moment would be CM Punk retaining his title. A shocking moment would be Ziggler finally getting his hands on the title and getting the biggest pop of the night for it. Another not so shocking moment would be Daniel Bryan cashing in his Money in The Bank.

Seriously, WWE telegraphed that so bad, I honestly went to the bathroom and still didn't miss this travesty. It was actually amusing, though. I honestly felt exactly how Micheal Cole was acting the entire time, with my only words being "Oh, good Lord," followed by laughter.

It's actually funny when I think about it. Daniel Bryan is your World Heavyweight Champion. The man whose last few victories have come from the absolute bottom of the barrel, beating Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd (both of which I would have preferred to be Mr. Money in The Bank.) The same man who's been Del Rio's jobber whenever he comes to Smackdown or Bryan goes to RAW.

We're talking about a guy who got destroyed by Mark Henry on a regular basis for weeks. The same man who lost to Wade Barrett at SummerSlam. I mean, our World Heavyweight Champion has jobbed to both Sin Caras and just lost to Cody Rhodes this Friday on Smackdown. Now, think about this for a minute. By that, logic would dictate that if Sin Cara can beat Daniel Bryan, he can be World Heavyweight Champion. Hunico could be World Heavyweight Champion. Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes can of course be World Heavyweight Champion, but that's not news.

I'm really sorry I have to be so negative. I like Daniel Bryan. He's not in my Fave Five, but I don't dislike the guy. I like his wrestling. He's got an OK character. He's OK on the mic. That said, by WWE standards (by that I mean what he's shown during his time in the WWE), he's been a pretty average superstar in every area but ring work. (His selling could use a little work, but nothing serious to work on.)

We all talk about how Swagger bombed as champion but honestly, Bryan bombed as Mr. Money in The Bank. Dismissing all that "underdog" crap, what reason do I have to believe that Daniel Bryan can beat any top guy in WWE now that he's champion? Anyone? A one-on-one match? who am I supposed to believe he can beat? Cody Rhodes is the only person that comes to mind, and even that's a stretch.

Also, this is just a side note, but I could swear your opponent has to be standing for a match to start...and Big Show was out cold on a pile of steel chairs, so should that match have ever even happened? I'm just saying. Seems a little odd to me, but who knows? Maybe WWE changed the rules, like apparently, you can't put the briefcase up in a match.

I don't know. I just can't see Daniel Bryan as a real World Champion. He's got the belt, but in my eyes, he's a paper champion. No buildup at all is what really hurt this, (and again, the fact Big Show wasn't even on his feet). I mean, Bryan didn't even make anyone tap to win his World Title. I mean, hell, even Del Rio got to hit a sick kick to the side of Punk's head to win his title. It's a shame, too. I thought Bryan would have been a big hit with his case, but now I don't think so.

All in all, considering how they've done Bryan this year since MiTB, I would be shocked if he didn't drop that title at Elimination Chamber, if not sooner.