The Internet Wrestling Community has been abuzz about Daniel Bryan's current push in WWE. The general consensus is happiness, but fear - Daniel Bryan has a track record of being one of the best wrestlers of his generation, and this was even BEFORE WWE signed him. But now, he's facing John Cena for the WWE Title on one of the biggest stages WWE has - SummerSlam.
The meteoric rise of Bryan has been an interesting one. Hard work and surprising charisma has helped him get over with the fans the hard way. Now, he gets bigger pops night in and out than some of the most popular stars. However, the biggest fear has been his interaction with Vince McMahon, who is believed to have run him down behind the scenes based on his size, and currently runs him down on camera for the same reasons.
McMahon makes fun of his beard, his vegan lifestyle, his size, his look, everything he can. Only Triple H sticks up for him 100%. Even Stephanie is on the fence here.
Why would anyone run down a character they were promoting to be #1 contender at Summerslam? It doesn't make any sense, does it?
It does if the plans for Bryan go beyond Summerslam.
I'm starting to see, week by week, that Daniel Bryan is becoming the next chosen one, the next "Anti-McMahon" wrestler. It's been a while since we've had a good one. Stone Cold Steve Austin is certainly the most famous one, but thinking back I can't remember a good anti-authority face since him.
Let's stop and think about the opening segment of Raw this week, as well. Vince McMahon stood in the middle of the ring, for 20 minutes, and let Daniel Bryan hang with him. He let Bryan cut a killer promo and openly call himself a wrestler. He let Bryan run John Cena down.
And then he played the foil for Daniel Bryan. He let Daniel Bryan outshine him, outthink him, and frustrate him.
As the segment came to a close, Vinnie Mac kicking around Bryan's suit jacket signified the beginning of a feud that will stretch beyond SummerSlam, a feud that will take place out of the ring.
Daniel Bryan will be just fine folks. Win or lose at SummerSlam, he's going to walk away a winner.