Only days ago, wrestling fans said goodbye to one of the best wrestlers this generation laid eyes on. Bryan gave an emotional retirement speech on Raw that left wrestling fans emotional. The whole segment was quite powerful, and you could feel the “gratitude” Bryan had for his fans. After all, Bryan was “our guy”, and the fans rallied around him like they did with no other superstar. Bryan’s success was our success; on the magical night of WrestleMania XXX when Bryan defined all odds and won the title, the fans felt like they won the title as well.
All I can say is thank you Daniel Bryan.
Now to the article. We know Bryan was never a Vince McMahon guy. Daniel had to work his butt off climbing the ranks to becoming a top draw with the company, and even when he was there, he still wasn’t considered a future face of the company. Bryan didn’t look like Hogan or Cena, he was a small guy who flew around the ring. Vince never considered him a top guy, and just like the angle he was in with The Authority, they didn’t think he was an A plus player. The angle was more factual than fiction.
Vince was wrong to believe Bryan wouldn't turn out to be a bright light for the WWE. Ultimately down the road however, there were many factors that influenced Vince to believe so. These factors are surely things Vince wants you to forget about.
13 Fired from WWE
12 Came From The Independent Circuit
11 Almost Named Buddy Peacock
10 Former Tag Team Partners with Lance Cade
9 Jobber for WWE in 2003, and Wrestled John Cena
8 Chris Benoit is One of His Inspirations
7 Lost in 18 Seconds at WrestleMania
6 Bryan's Lady Gimmick
5 Released From the WWE When He Was 20
4 Yes! Was Done as a Heel Move
3 Founding Father of Ring of Honor
2 Didn't See Money in Daniel Bryan
We all know that Vince’s prototypical star is a big, tall, muscular wrestler who has the image of being unbeatable. Bryan is the total opposite of that; he’s 5’8 and 190lbs. Bryan never fit the mold of Vince’s idea of a champion. For years, Bryan had to claw his way up the ranks with his great in-ring ability, winning over fans, executives and eventually the boss himself. Nonetheless, Vince never saw Bryan as a wrestler who could draw in money.
1 Was Not Originally Booked for the WrestleMania XXX Main Event
We all know by now that Bryan wasn’t originally planned to be in the Main Event and win the title at WrestleMania XXX, it was Batista. Well, the fans ultimately rejected Batista and with Punk leaving the company the night after Royal Rumble, the WWE was stuck with quite the dilemma. Bryan discussed this matter on Chris Jericho’s podcast: “It wasn’t necessarily that I felt a shift. It was essentially after Punk quit. It was like, ‘Well, we’ve got John and we’ve got eeeeeeeh.” Ultimately because of Punk's dismissal and Batista's unpopularity, Bryan was thrown into the WrestleMania Main Event.
Sources: espn.com, lastwordonsports.com, cagesideseats.com, slam.canoe.com
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