After thirteen weeks of mind numbing competitions between eight NXT rookies, the greatest impact came from a guy who had already been eliminated.
Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) aired out his grievances with the competition of NXT, and how he was not eliminated by the WWE Pros but by WWE Management. The way the NXT competition runs is formulated to generate another WWE-made superstar. According to Danielson, it’s no secret that Vince McMahon likes big guys, and how the WWE likes the wrestlers that they make themselves regardless whether they can engage the fans. Prime examples: The Great Khali, Kladimir Kozlov, Ezekiel Jackson, and Shad Gaspard to name a few.
Bryan Danielson is a self-made man. He has fought around the world and collected a number of world titles. Around the world, Bryan Danielson is known as “The Best Wrestler in the World.” Danielson did this on his own accord without any help from the WWE.
And for WWE management to eliminate him, based on what? The WWE needs to start picking guys who are the best people for this job. WWE fails more often than not when they introduce big guys who cannot wrestle or engage the audience if their lives depended on it. WWE for far too long has crossed over to a purely entertainment type business without any regard to the spirit of competition or the sport itself.
Of course, wrestling is choreographed and what they say in the ring is scripted. We all know that. But what occurred in that ring when Bryan spoke and later attacked Michael Cole, did not go through without its truths. Michael Cole is a parrot who repeats anything that Vince and Creative have him say. Michael Cole is the poor man’s J.R. because he will never hold a candle to Jim Ross. WWE management thinks that Michael Cole is good for the job? Honestly, no one wants to hear Michael Cole, and if he were fired from WWE tomorrow, no one would shed a tear.
What Bryan Danielson did on the thirteenth week of NXT was not only the pinnacle moment of NXT, but it called WWE on its crap.
Is Bryan Danielson done with WWE? Let’s take a look at what the WWE Pros had to say about what they are looking for in the next WWE superstar.
The Miz: What I mean by that is when you’re flipping through the channels at home, I want to know if you’re going to stop and be intrigued at what the person is saying or doing in the ring. That in my opinion is what is the “it” factor.
Master William Regal: I look for adaptability. Because to be a WWE superstar, you have to be able to adapt to any situation. … Your in-ring skills have to be there, your interview skills have to be there, and your personality has to be there.
Christian: I am looking for someone to capture the imagination of the WWE Universe.
Matt Hardy: They also need to survive in this locker room.
Chris Jericho: It’s quite simple what I’m looking for, somebody who will make me want want to spend money to see them.
With people asking all over the internet whether or not what took place on NXT was real, and by the simple fact that you know what I’m talking about, is a testament that Bryan Danielson has captured the imagination of the WWE Universe. People who were pretty much done with NXT kept their eyes glued to the screen as Danielson spoke his mind against WWE Management and Michael Cole because they were intrigued. Bryan Danielson has taken Chris Jericho and Batista to the limit, so his in-ring skills are there. After how Danielson responded towards Matt Striker’s questions, yes, his interview skills are there. And of course, how Bryan Danielson engaged and attacked Michael Cole… without a shadow of a doubt, his personality is there. Bryan Danielson has wrestled around the world and has encountered over hundreds of wrestlers, he can survive in the WWE locker room. And if all the fans at home were given an opportunity to see Danielson beat down Michael Cole, we’d pay out the ass to see it again.
So asking again, Is Bryan Danielson done with WWE? I wouldn’t bet on it.