When NXT debuted a little over a year ago, Daniel Bryan expressed his goals of winning a WWE contract, and to one day wrestle at WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan, known to purists as The American Dragon, will finally do just that, as he attempts to regain the United States title from former two-time WWE champion Sheamus.
Entering the squared circle on the grandest stage of all has been a dream for many an aspiring wrestler, but wrestling there is one thing, to actually pick up a victory is an entirely different story. Seventeen individuals can attest to this, as they have failed to end The Undertaker’s legendary streak, now peaking at an astounding 18-0.
Daniel Bryan has the daunting tasks of not only surviving The Celtic Warrior, and winning back the strap at the most important event of the wrestling year, but also, above everything else, to wrestle a WrestleMania worthy match.
Purists can rush to the forums (as they probably already have) and declare that Daniel Bryan, because he is the best wrestler in the world, will defeat Sheamus for the belt, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. Wrestling in front of 50-200 people is a small pond for anybody to be a big fish in, but wrestling in a stadium booming with 18,000 fans who 75% of don’t know anything outside of WWE, is the true test of a wrestler. Hence why, above all else, stealing the show is the most important task for Daniel Bryan.
On NXT, Bryan claimed that he wasn’t a “rookie” on account of that he has been wrestling for ten years. But can all his preparation, his championship experiences, and all those hours of punishment and toiling in the ring culminate to the apex of his wrestling dreams?
Well, his dreams may come crashing down due to the horrible reality that Sheamus’ renewed vigor since winning the belt may be too much to overcome. Just look at what happened on Raw when he asked Sheamus for his rematch, Sheamus accepted with a Brogue Kick to the face.
If Daniel Bryan wishes to conquer the Celtic Warrior, he’ll have to resort to the aggressive nature that made him so popular among wrestling fans. Apply multiple chain-submission maneuvers, utilize rope breaks to its fullest, and wear down his opponent with kicks and repeated elbow strikes. Attempting to tap out Sheamus to the LeBell Lock seems unlikely, but as the Master of the Small Package, a quick roll-up may be just the ticket towards WrestleMania immortality.