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Joe Fan: Daniel Bryan Is The People’s Champion

By on September 11, 2013

One of the most popular personalities in professional wrestling today is a small guy with a long, ugly beard and a mop for hairdo. And he is not ripped, though he is in good physical shape. Daniel Bryan is everything that goes against the prototype of what a superstar wrestler should be, certainly one who might be the most endearing in the WWE because of his ability to bring people to their feet and repeatedly shout, “Yes” while raising index fingers on both hands.

Daniel Bryan, real name Bryan Danielson, has been cast as the hero of the people, although the storyline is that the WWE powerbrokers want to see him beaten to a pulp, destroying his dream of becoming a champion again. He has been the United States champion and the World Heavyweight Champion, but has never been able to reach the top as the WWE Champion.

It’s all a work, of course, but it takes a great performer to pull it off and Daniel Bryan is just that. He is the consummate performer, possessing athletic skills and excellent acting. Many a great performer simply fell by the wayside because he wasn’t “good on the stick,” which is to say he came across as stiff in interviews.

Daniel Bryan cuts great promos.

This Sunday at the Night of Champions, Bryan will try to take the belt away from the Apex Predator, Randy Orton, who is the WWE Champion. No matter how hard Daniel Bryan will try, he will not win. It is a better story line to make him suffer an agonizing loss because of the sympathy it brings for his character. Orton plays the role of a heel to perfection – does anyone have scarier eyes? – and stands a good six inches taller than Bryan and outweighs him by some 35 pounds. Orton has the prototypical body of what the top champion in the company should resemble.

People watch pro wrestling because of the entertainment value and Bryan brings that. Matched with Orton, it is a perfect combination.

There have been top talents in the company built like Bryan, including the likes of Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Steve Austin and Chris Jericho, to name a few. All of them had the ability to captivate an audience with their characters. What they lacked in size, they made up for in all-around talent.

Bigger is not always better. Even in the land of the giants, you need the little guys.

That’s why Daniel Bryan is so “over,” to use a wrestling expression meaning the crowd buys into him. Think about it, as soon as his entrance music starts, the crowd is going wild saying “Yes, yes, yes” and pointing their index fingers toward the sky in jubilation.

Maybe the character doesn’t get respect from the company, but he is the People’s Champion.

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