I will say this right now: I do not think Daniel Bryan goes in this year. Not so much that it’s too soon, more that WWE won’t want to steal Sting’s spotlight. And I get that. It makes complete and total sense.
So, Daniel Bryan, headlining the Class of 2017?
It’s quite possible. I would even say it’s likely. Each class needs a big name. That much is a given. There are a few who will be Hall worthy, for sure, but the other two I am most often thinking of-Undertaker and HHH-have not retired thus far. For yet another year, we are speculating that THIS will be Undertaker’s last WrestleMania, but until The Phenom officially says so, who knows when he retires. HHH is currently the Champion, and in the shape he’s in? He’s got some matches left, if he wants to go that route. So Daniel Bryan is sitting there, freshly retired, and absolutely ready to be feted as a Hall of Fame inductee.
Is he worthy?
Yes, I really did ask that question.
One hand could easily say no, believe it or not. He didn’t have super long runs with the big championship belts. He reached the top and then was done. He lacked the staying power of so many other big names. You could look at is as the Barry Sanders argument. Sanders was great. One of the all time greats. But, by choice, his career was incredibly short. But, he was worthy of the Hall of Fame, because he did so much in such a short period of time.
And that’s the same for Daniel Bryan. Under no circumstances do I think he’s NOT a WWE Hall of Famer. It’s not if, it’s just a matter of when. Considering what he did, and the span over which he did it, it’s nothing short of impressive. He held, at one time or another, every WWE title except the Divas title. And his wife has that covered. You don’t get to hold the US title, IC title and both iterations of the WWE title/World Heavyweight Championship by being lucky.
So, in what may be the easiest prediction ever-right up there with Edge going into the Hall following his sudden retirement-Daniel Bryan is going to headline the 2017 Hall of Fame. Book it.
WNZ readers, would you agree or disagree? If you disagree, tell us why!