Could Daniel Bryan wind up being the next Stone Cold?
July 29th, 2013, 9:11pm EST, I wrote the following, on Twitter, during WWE Raw.
I never realized I was a prophet. I never knew I could see the future. But this? This was clear as day.
I wrote this approximately one month ago, as Daniel Bryan was finally entering the title picture for the WWE Championship. This was after John Cena had chosen Bryan to be the number one contender, and after his 45-minute domination of WWE Raw as he wrestled three consecutive matches.
We were just starting to get a glimmer to see what heights Bryan's character would reach.
And then, at Summerslam, John Cena took the fall, clean, in the middle of the ring, and Bryan pinned him to win the WWE Championship.
Seconds later, in a corporate screwjob, it was taken away.
Since Monday, the internet has been comparing this entire run with Bryan to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's battles against the horrible boss, Vince McMahon. And while it's too early to tell if this feud will ever reach the same heights, the similarities are pretty clear. Just swap Vince McMahon with Triple H, and The Rock with Randy Orton, and you have yourself one more recycled storyline.
The thing is, Daniel Bryan is not, and never will be, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Daniel Bryan is Daniel Bryan. And that's perfectly ok.
I very much expect Triple H to put Bryan through a lot of the same terrors that Vince McMahon put Austin through. The difference this time around will be the manner that Bryan handles them in. We won't have a beer-drinking, hell-raising defiant ass-kicker. We will have the one guy that Triple H just can't put down. The one that is better than anyone else, that really is the Best in the World, and no matter the odds, he will get his vengeance.
And for those of you that are fretting about Bryan not keeping the title, don't fret. The chase will ultimately, be more exciting. WWE is being very careful with Bryan, and when (not if) he takes down Randy Orton, it will be a major, major deal.
Hold on to your pants folks, it's gonna be one heck of a ride. Enjoy it. Sit back, relax, and calm down. It's all going to work out in the end.
Trust me on this one.