Just Say Yes: The Surprising Evolution of Daniel Bryan

As many of you know, I’m a Bryan Danielson mark — have been for a very long time. While I’ve always expected the Daniel Bryan character to succeed in the WWE, I never expected him to succeed the way he has. He’s one of the best wrestlers in the company — the best, in my opinion — but he hasn’t really gotten to show his incredible in-ring skills. Television matches aren’t long enough and getting bumped to an 18-second match at WrestleMania doesn’t help.

To my surprise, Bryan has gotten over as a character. His initial mic work wasn’t great in the WWE and it was never the best part of his game in Ring of Honor. He did a great job as an opportunistic and overzealous World Heavyweight Champion. He would infuriate fans (in that good way) by celebrating disqualification wins and the like by jumping up and down, screaming, “Yes! Yes! Yes! World Heavyweight Champion!!!” The combination of great ring skills, decent emoting, and clever use of a single word has gotten Bryan completely over with the fans. Just look at the video below.

Lately, Bryan has been getting lots of mainstream attention. It’s amusing that it’s largely because mainstream media has noticed tens of thousands of people screaming, “Yes!!!” to a wrestler that got shorted at WrestleMania. I was delighted to see a great Daniel Bryan story on the fantastic Grantland. I was shocked to see a lengthy Daniel Bryan interview on GQ.com. As a longtime Bryan Danielson mark, I look forward to the day when I bump into someone wearing this t-shirt every ten minutes. Will it be awesome? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Author: RPadTV


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