WWE Is Missing the High Energy of Daniel Bryan

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2014

Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryancredit: wwe.com

Daniel Bryan is currently on the shelf, recuperating from neck surgery.  The leader of the Yes Movement underwent the procedure back in May of 2014 and has since been out of action.  

While many fans are likely ready to see Bryan come back, the truth is that the former WWE world heavyweight champion appears to be no closer to returning than he was before.

This is not good news for fans or WWE itself, which was surely anticipating Bryan's return in the very near future.  And as the company forges ahead without him, the truth is that it definitely misses Bryan's high energy.

Bryan's meteoric rise to the top of WWE began at SummerSlam in 2013. It was on that night that Bryan pinned John Cena to become the new WWE champion.  However, his celebration was cut short by Triple H, who shockingly betrayed him in the middle of the ring.

Hunter betrays Bryan at SummerSlam.
Hunter betrays Bryan at SummerSlam.credit: wwe.com

That act opened the door for Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, and when he did, he became the new champion.

This was the birth of The Authority, the group that rose to power overnight and has run WWE programming since then.  Led by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, The Authority is WWE's corporate heel entity.  No one has been able to shut them down or even slow them down.

This includes Bryan, who spent the better part of the next eight months fighting an uphill battle for respect in the company.  

Every time he got close to realizing his championship dreams once again, Bryan was almost immediately stopped.  The Authority sought to prevent Bryan from going any higher and were successful for a long time.  Bryan could seemingly not make any forward progress at all.

Bryan comes up short again.
Bryan comes up short again.credit: wwe.com

However, Bryan was getting over with the crowd.  WWE fans embraced him as one of their own and wanted desperately to see him win.  The fact that he was fighting against Triple H's group did nothing but help him, as fans had a new hero to cheer for every time The Authority made its presence known.

Bryan was becoming WWE's newest antihero, and the crowd could not get enough of him.

Bryan's run to the top of course culminated at WrestleMania 30, where he defeated not only Triple H but Orton and Batista.  Those wins brought him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and surely earned him the respect of every fan who believed in him from day one.

Bryan's ascension was the stuff of legend.  His rise will surely never be forgotten by anyone who supported him and paid to see him perform.  

All of this made Bryan's exit earlier this year even harder for many fans to accept.  Gone was the man who stood for them, the man who fought the good fight for them.  Bryan was the epitome of the underdog, and when he made it, many WWE fans were undoubtedly living through him.  He has certainly been missed since he left.

But it's not just Bryan himself who is surely missed by fans right now; it's his high energy.  

Bryan's frenzied approach in the ring was controlled chaos.  He was so incredibly explosive during his routine, and when he got going it was nearly impossible to keep up with him.  Bryan was all over the place, and while it perhaps appeared that he had no direction when he began running, the fact is that his moves were always very precise every time he hit them.

Fans were surely captivated by Bryan in the ring, as they had a man who was one part technician and one part speedster.  His high-octane offense kept him among the most exciting acts on the card, and despite how many times fans saw him perform, he always managed to take them by surprise.

And since he left with injury, the truth is that the company has no one who can truly match his speed and intensity.  And no one could arguably play the underdog better than Bryan right now, so whoever ends up in that role will likely be compared to Bryan from the very start.

WWE just does not feel the same without Bryan in the mix.  He's a guy who worked his way up through the company, and by the time he reached the top he had more than earned it.  And until he finally does return, there is no doubt that he will be missed for who he is and what he brings to the table.

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