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Bryan’s Surge

After being ridiculously over, immensely popular, and universally loved, Daniel Bryan went to Summerslam and put on a Match of the Year candidate with everyone’s favorite wrestler to hate, John Cena. After a hard-fought match, Bryan prevailed with a sharp running knee that still may have Cena dizzy, only to have his victory ruined by a traitorous Triple H and an opportunistic Randy Orton. Whereas, there are a variety of responses to the outcome of the WWE Title match, Raw showed that the correct one may be patience. Bryan is currently in a space where he’s constantly suppressed by authority figures, suffering heartbreaking, gut-wrenching defeats, until he finally overcomes them. They are creating a narrative for Bryan borrowing from the way that the Rock and Stone Cold became huge stars. With that in mind, from what we saw on Raw, when Bryan finally has his golden moment in the sun, it may be far bigger than what he could have had at Summerslam.

 triple h betrayal

There are clearly huge plans for Bryan, who took a cue from CM Punk, using the stage to express his emotion after his Summerslam loss. As we saw from his promo on Raw, Bryan is primed to be the top face for a little while, and in this role, they’re going to make him bigger than we expected. His mic work should have convinced anyone who may have had questions that he has the charisma and promo-making ability to be a top face and/or “the guy.” The banter between Daniel and Stephanie was an example of the nice maturation that the WWE has crafted in Bryan. (I say crafted because some say that the WWE deliberately made Bryan weak on the mic when he debuted to make it seem as if he “progressed.”) A year ago, no one would expect Bryan to be as good of a talker as he was during that opening segment, now it’s yet another tool that’s showing the world that Daniel Bryan is a legitimate main eventer in every sense of the phrase.

 bryan and steph

Bryan’s exchange with Stephanie was a throwback to Stone Cold’s exchanges with Vince and the Rock’s exchanges with Stephanie. It followed a formula. Open insults to the authority figure in charge, rallying the crowd behind your mistreatment, witty language that drew crowd responses and impassioned behavior all contribute to generally being the anti-authority figure that crowds can easily get behind. Having Bryan escorted out of the building by security is a move that has been used with the Rock and Stone Cold countless times. While all three men are incredibly different, there are glaring similarities- they became huge stars organically, they coined great catchphrases, they were loved by the crowd, and they all were tormented by WWE authority figures. They tried to run the Vince vs Stone Cold angle between Punk/Cena and John Laurinaitis in the summer of 2012, but it never took off. However, this version of the Stone Cold vs Mr McMahon story with Daniel Bryan facing off against the McMahons has all the trappings of being a successful, modern version of that classic story. Having Bryan suffer torment and string-pulling by the McMahons only deepens the sympathy that the WWE Universe has for him and makes him a bigger star. Beset by foolish perceptions of his shortcomings and narrow-minded thinking from WWE authority figures who can’t fathom him being on top, Bryan will have to conquer them all on the strength of his support from the WWE Universe.

 DBryan yesses

With his newly-revealed promo work and his connection to the crowd, we can be sure that Bryan will reach that moment, and when he does, the decibel level from the crowd’s approval may be physically intense. Fighting the Corporation and the McMahon-Helmsley faction, respectively, Stone Cold and the Rock created the narrative that now guides what the WWE is doing with Daniel Bryan. Some say let Daniel Bryan should have won and had his “moment,” but what people are failing to realize is that Bryan being screwed out of the title IS his moment. It’s the moment that will start his permanence in the Main Event scene. It’s the moment that will kick off his huge face run. It’s the moment that signifies that he’s arrived. This swerve would not have happened if they didn’t believe in Bryan and have a great future plan for him. Much like Randy Orton became as big of a face as he could to further deepen the hate when he turned heel, the WWE is making Bryan suffer so that the WWE Universe collectively exults in his eventual success as WWE Champion. Summerslam was just the start; watch Bryan surge into greatness and the Main Event.

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  • Aaron

    WWE has to protect Daniel Bryan! If something happened to him and he had to miss significant time WWE would be screwed! WWE has every egg in the Daniel Bryan basket.

    WWE has to build more solid programs to compliment the main program.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

      you mean how Cena almost killed him at Summerslam? Bryan was way too athletic to fall on his neck, but having a guy like Cena in there that can’t wrestle as good nearly killed him….but I think he’s the next Stone Cold hands down..don’t care if anyone doesn’t see it.

      • Maddox

        Even the best wrestlers make a mistake man, Cena contributed to making that match Awesome

        • Jeremy

          You can have a good match where one person carries the other, but for a GREAT match like they gave us, it takes TWO people.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        John Cena can wrestle but not as good as Daniel Bryan

        • Jeremy

          Thank you captain obvious.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            You are not welcome

      • Jeremy

        Typical internet moron.

  • Mike Honcho

    I agree 100% Daniel Bryan us now the face of the WWE and the program he is in is a money program.

    • Chelsii?

      When I first discovered Daniel Bryan in 2004 in NJPW as the American Dragon, I never thought I would imagine him becoming the #1 wrestler in WWE. It’s like I’ve been on the journey with him to this point and I’m so proud I stuck with him all these years.

      • Maddox

        I bet you were one of the people that were pissed when he lost the title to Orton without seeing the big picture

        • Chelsii?

          I was, but now I’m understanding what this will do for DBry. When he finally gets his title run, the roof will come off the place and this story could be the best story of the PG era.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

            It is past the PG era…they let Bryan start the B word chant.

          • jcice13

            that’s what I told you before, instead of the microwave booking of today they’re making it more old school and having him run threw hoops that look insurmountable and that way when he gets to his goal it will be better

  • Trey Doss

    i wonder what hbk will have to say about hhh turning on dbry and i’ll say daniel has all the tools

    • Lucas Amato

      IF they find the way to put HBK in the storyline, at least for one RAW, it would be really great..

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        I don’t think that HBK should not be involved in the storyline because i think that he might join Triple H, and i always wanted vince to be on the side of Daniel Bryan. Because i think that Triple H and Vince will be trying to control Raw and Smackdown and Triple H ans Stephanie turn on vince. And he will get his revenge against them by joining Daniel Bryan.

    • Poppy’s Hammer

      I would like them to setup HBK like how they did with Shane McMahon and Austin, in that he sides with Bryan, but turns on him at the PPV causing MASSIVE heat.

  • Devon

    He is the best in the world

  • Juanita N Jerome Cregg

    D.B shouldn’t win the belt until W.M. have the McMahon’s screw him to the Rumble make him draw 1 & win it…..

    • http://www.ManySheepLessWolves.net/ Hawkins

      ok DBry coming out as #1 in the Rumble and winning it would B awesome…

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        IDK? I think CM Punk should win next

  • Lucas Amato

    100% Agree..When it happens the “L.A Screwjob” i was mad, because like Chelsii says, y follow Daniel Bryan, and his my favorite way before is NXT debut against Y2J… but its like you said.. this Storyline put him way more over.. I dont think he will be the top face of WWE permanently, but he will be the top face until Cena comeback… (I can explain why it not be good, Bryan as WWE top guy, but my english is not so good to do it..) If someone want, i put him in Spanish, and then traduce yourself. :P..

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I agree with what Lucas Amato said it is like the Montreal Screw job but it is the LA Screw job and this is not the end of Daniel Bryan it is a beginning

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

    I think one year from now, 2014, Bryan is full on face of the WWE..they’re grooming him now..Cena doesn’t have that much left. that’s why they’re grooming someone now..he probably gave them a time limit on when he’d retire. you don’t push a guy this hard to not groom him….

    • Daniel Jones

      I think if he wins the WWE title at WM in the main event he will be fully cemented as the undeniable face of the WWE.

  • Johnny Spruill

    WWE is using Daniel Bryan as top face until Cena comes back from surgery is brilliant . I hope that this is a start of him being the WWE Champion in the near future.period

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

    why do most people think this is just a surge of popularity and it’ll deflate soon? He’s been well liked now all 14 years of his career…he always gets a reaction and has amazing matches and works hard…..the fans will never turn on him, because he’s too likable….

  • dafo1126

    All I can think of is how long before hes getting booed and called on sites like this

  • JustPro

    I like where they are going with Punk and Bryan two of the best superstars in the ring today… What would be cool is they throw Punk and Bryan in a tag team and its Punk and Bryan versus the world…

    • Daniel Jones

      They should form an alliance during the road to WM to take down The Corporation. One could face Orton for the title and the other can represent Vince in a match against HHH for control of the company.

      • JustPro

        Another idea is Steve Austin returning to help Bryan in the feud… Maybe have Bryan vs Orton at wrestlemania and have it Austin, and someone versus HHH and maybe Vince or someone else? Either or I would love Austin to get into the mix…

  • jcice13

    LOL stone cold??? more like stone cold lite, if it would have been austin in the ring with stephanie he would have given her a stunner, that’s how stone cold did it

    • Jeremy

      You are an idiot.

      • jcice13

        why do you have to resort to name calling? have I ever said anything offensive to you?

  • Jeremy

    Something smart to read on sites like these?Unbelievable, but here it is.

  • John Oteri

    It’s a pity. It appears I don’t really know how things play out at the WWE. But while I wait to see how Daniel Bryan’s greatness and ascension to the top of the WWE will unfold, my heartfelt sympathy goes to him for all Triple H and the McMahons did to him before,at and after Summer slam.

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