Is it being a hypocrite if you acknowledge that you’re a hypocrite?
A question that Daniel Bryan could care less about as he emphatically stated this whole week that he is the World Heavyweight champion. Sure, Daniel Bryan initially promised the WWE Universe that he would do something that no other Money in the Bank winner had done, and that was to cash in on the main event at WrestleMania. But most recently, Bryan shed that plan and went the opportunistic route of so many before him – including the current reigning and defending WWE champion CM Punk.
The reasons Daniel Bryan wanted to wait till WrestleMania are simple: his dream is to wrestle on the biggest stage – none are bigger than WrestleMania. Seeing as Daniel Bryan’s match was squelched at last year’s WrestleMania, using the briefcase as a guaranteed spot on this year’s event was only natural. Daniel Bryan wasn’t the only Money in the Bank prizewinner to come up with this plan, before Mr. Anderson crossed the line to Impact Wrestling, he made the same promise before being sidelined — and relinquished of his briefcase — by Edge. And because anything can happen in the WWE, especially history repeating itself, Daniel Bryan knew that there are no guarantees, only the here and now. So why not become champion when he can?
The other reason Daniel Bryan wanted to hold off was because guys like CM Punk and Edge were hollowed champions when they won their gold. They were red-hot when they won it, and were quickly extinguished when they had to defend their titles. Daniel Bryan knows he’s a good wrestler, and he wants to prove that to the WWE Universe. But cashing in the way he did at TLC on a unconscious Big Show was not the way to do it. And what ever happened to the regulation that the defending champion had to be on their feet before the referee called for the bell?
Now Daniel Bryan has a huge chip on his shoulder, as Michael Cole keeps reminding us every show, and sooner or later his hollowed championship status is going to catch up to him. What’s going to happen to Bryan when he locks up with either The Big Show or Mark Henry? Can his wrestling ability overcome the brute force of such colossal giants? Let’s just hope, for Bryan’s sake, his title reign does not go out by way of WMD or induction into Henry’s Hall of Pain.
We don’t know what the future holds for Daniel Bryan, but right now he’s red-hot having submitting two former World champions in Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger in the main events of Raw and SmackDown. Question remains, can he keep up this championship mentality?
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