Daniel Bryan was an indie god then the WWE machine swallowed him up and quote un quote re taught him the right way. Bryan mentored under The Miz (hate that or not but The Miz gets the business side of pro wrestling) and made his debut wrestling under his real name (Bryan Danielson); he even had a match against John Cena. Then, for reasons I will never understand, was released for choking ring announcer Justin Roberts during an NXT angle on Raw. Bryan was brought back and the rest is current history. Daniel’s time was now and it came together perfectly until Bryan’s not young body needed surgery and now multiple surgeries. Since Bryan’s departure, (which according to most dirt sheets was going to drop the title to Brock Lesnar instead John Cena did.) the three former members of The Shield have taken up major singles competition roles, Dolph Ziggler’s stock seems to be rising again and NXT is starting to fill up with guys that can easily fit the mold of Bryan. (Sami Zyan, Adrian Neville, Tyler Breeze, Kevin Steen and Prince Devitt) After Daniel heels up, same around the time of the Royal Rumble, as much as it will be a huge return I can’t see the WWE puting Daniel right back into the same spot he was in last Wrestlemania season. His return will be great, he will more than likely be put into some sort of angle with The Authority, unless the program between Nikki and Brie Bella fizzles out; but what after that? Daniel Bryan will have gone from the, arguably, number one babyface in the WWE to the number four or five behind Cena, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and maybe a Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler or Cesaro. Should Daniel Bryan go back into the mid card of doom and allow the WWE to waste the prime years he was left in his in ring career or should he go command records price booking fees and become the Kind of the Indies?
Once upon a time before the WWE went on an almost ten year pirate like theft of every indy god there was on the planet Bryan Danielson was ROH Champion and on top of the world. He wrestled everyone who was anyone including new WWE signing KENTA. But eventually the WWE came calling and the rest is history. The difference between Bryan’s post WWE return to the independent circuit to what could possibly become another one is Daniel’s name is much bigger on a global scale. If he decided breaking down his body to help benefit the WWE and not just himself he could easily command record prices for appearances and demand almost ridiculous numbers to wrestle for the major indy promotions; not to mention his wife remains under a pretty good contract with the WWE one would assume.
News broke yesterday that Bryan could return as soon as Survivor Series. Sure, the pop will be huge but how ‘huge’ will the plans be for Bryan once he comes back? He was supposed to job to Brock Lesnar at Summerslam anyhow, so what was the game plan for him after that? I’m afraid the WWE is more emotionally and financially invested in the “Yes” chants and shirts than they are the man that evokes it from the fans. Is Bryan’s time he has left in a squared circle better served in the mid card for the WWE or in the packed VFW’s around the world where every fan would consider him a god to be around?
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