Former NXT rookie and indy wrestling star Daniel Bryan (AKA Bryan Danielson), made his shocking and unexpected WWE return at the SummerSlam pay-per-view, helping Team WWE beat Nexus in a 7-on-7 elimination match. John Cena made the surprising announcement, costing The Miz his spot on the team. Bryan was very impressive in his re-debut to the WWE at that PPV, making Darren Young submit in under a minute with the crossface, then making Heath Slater submit later in the match with that same move. The Miz interfered in the match, attacking Bryan with the briefcase and helped get him eliminated.
Bryan made his WWE debut on the first season of NXT, and was ranked first in the Pros Poll a few times, even though he had an 0-10 record on the show. Bryan earned his first victory in WWE on the May 10th episode of Raw, but was eliminated the next night on NXT alongside Michael Tarver, due to saying that he should be the one eliminated and not showing any confidence. He continued to show up on NXT, getting involved in a storyline with Michael Cole and The Miz, attacking both of them before getting thrown out by security.
When The Miz attacked Bryan back at the SummerSlam PPV, it reignited a feud between the two that went back to when Bryan was the NXT rookie on season one and The Miz was his pro. Many fans questioned the move, and even more were intrigued because Bryan had much more experience wrestling (in the independents, like ROH and Chikara) then The Miz had, and yet Bryan was the rookie, “learning” from The Miz. Both had a rocky relationship from the start and didn’t have respect for one another. The Miz would often criticized Bryan, saying that he never wrestled in the “big leagues” before, and he doesn’t see why Danielson is known as one of the best pure wrestlers today.
The feud got physical between the two, when Miz attacked Bryan after Bryan lost his first match against then World Champion Chris Jericho. On future episodes of NXT, Bryan and Miz continued to not get along, getting involved in backstage segments. Miz would often criticize Bryan for not having any charisma or mic skills, calling him boring on occasions. Their feud was stopped in an instant, when Bryan got himself released, due to strangling Justin Roberts with his own tie, which WWE felt was way too violent in today’s PG era.
But once Bryan made his official return to World Wrestling Entertainment, their feud continued like it never left off. The Miz attacked Bryan again the next night on Raw after the SummerSlam PPV, costing Bryan his match against Michael Tarver. Bryan tried to get revenge on Miz but Miz’s rookie on season two of NXT, Alex Riley and Michael Tarver held Bryan while Miz slammed him into the barricade. Miz later gave Bryan a Skull Crushing Finale on the briefcase, a new trademark move of The Miz’s. Danielson would get his revenge the next week on Raw, getting involved in Miz’s match with John Cena, attacking him from behind. He later put Miz into the crossface twice, and would not let go until the refs pulled him away.
While there has not been a match between The Miz and Daniel Bryan set for the next PPV, you can expect there to be. The next WWE pay-per-view is Night Of Champions and the concept of this PPV is that every championship is on the line and will be defended. The Miz has not defended the United States Championship in a while and with the way the feud with Bryan going, Bryan will be next in line for a title shot. With The Miz’s push to main event status, it is only right to let go of the US Title and give it to someone who will actually defend it.
Even though Miz is awesome and the next great superstar, the United States Championship should be given to someone who needs the push, and Daniel Bryan is that person. With The Miz out of the US title picture, he can focus on cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase, and becoming a World Champion. Daniel Bryan (as champion) can focus on showing off more of his submission and athletic ability, and give the United States Championship more prestige, not to mention the types of great feuds that Bryan can have with the likes of Evan Bourne, R-Truth, John Morrison, and countless others.