For the record, I am a huge Daniel Bryan fan. I thought a Bryan win would have been best for business at "Hell in a Cell". I think Bryan winning the Royal Rumble, and the potential of 75,000 strong in New Orleans chanting "YES" at the conclusion of WrestleMania – providing an image for the ages….and sending people home HAPPY – will be what's best for business in April. But could this recent turn of events with Bray Wyatt be what's best for business now?
It could be.
Personally, I see the WWE World heavyweight Championship in Daniel Bryan's future. But in the meantime, he has a chance to do something almost as important and prestigious; he has a chance to help MAKE somebody.
Last month, I mentioned that Bray Wyatt (yeah, I know I called him Way Bryatt on the TLC PPV) had that "IT" thing – those tricky two letters that can spell the difference betweeen a talented performer and a star, between an asset to the company and a main eventer. But even a performer with that "IT" factor needs something else to get them there – a bridge of sorts to get lead them on that next step of the journey. Every performer in our business needs that intense personal issue, that rivalry, that FEUD that truly puts them on the main event map.
I was lucky enough to have had those feuds at the right times along the way. I was lucky enough to have had those feuds when I needed them – with Sting in 1991, and with The Undertaker in 1996 – the right opponents at the right time to put me on the main event map. I like to think that I was that right person at the right time for a few people over the years. It's an honor I take great pride in.
Daniel Bryan has that chance. It's not easy. But do I think he's up to it? YES, YES, YES!