WWE is currently in the process of pushing young and deserving talent, something that World Wrestling Entertainment has not done in previous years. They have realized that their established and veteran stars are getting older, and these veteran stars that have entertained viewing audiences for the past decade are getting ready to retire. Some of these stars have already retired (Shawn Michaels), while other stars such as Triple H, Kane, Undertaker, Edge, Chris Jericho, Christian, and others, are either in their early 40’s or late 30’s and are only a few years away from their retirement. For this reason, WWE has started pushing their younger and mostly unknown stars, to try to make them into the next big thing. These rising superstars will be the future of the WWE for years to come and I decided to write articles about who these rising superstars are and what to expect from them in the future:
Rising Superstar: Daniel Bryan
Biography About This Rising Superstar: Bryan Danielson, better known as Daniel Bryan in the WWE, was born on May 22, 1981 in Aberdeen, Washington. Bryan has been wrestling for over ten years, making his pro wrestling debut after graduating high school in 1999. Bryan got name recognition after joining an upstart independent promotion, called “Ring of Honor” in 2002. During his seven years in that promotion, he feuded with pretty much everyone and became ROH World Champion in 2005, a championship that he defended numerous amounts of times, holding the belt for over a year before he was dethroned. Bryan is known for being one of the best wrestlers on the independent circuits. Bryan has been with the WWE for less than a year, and currently competes on the Raw brand.
Accomplishments in the WWE: Daniel Bryan has not accomplished much yet in the WWE, mostly because he has only been in the WWE for only a few months. But Daniel Bryan has already won the United States Championship, making The Miz tap out from his LeBell Lock at Night of Champions. Bryan was also on the first season of WWE NXT, becoming an instant fan favorite and a standout, but was eliminated early from the competition. Bryan has been on the independent circuit for the last ten years, and has wrestled for many promotions before getting his big break in the WWE. Bryan has also won many world championships for other promotions, including winning the Ring of Honor world title once, a promotion that he was with for almost seven years.
Current Position in the WWE: Daniel Bryan has a promising career going in the WWE, currently in the mid-card level, and is the current United States Champion. Bryan has already made a huge impact in the WWE, something that critics thought he could not do in the biggest wrestling promotion. Since his shocking return at Summerslam 2010, Bryan has proven everyone wrong, being Cena’s surprise seventh member of Team WWE against Team Nexus and eliminating two members of Nexus. Bryan has appeared all of the four past pay-per-views (SummerSlam, Night of Champions, Hell in a Cell, Bragging Rights), picking up victories in all four. He has also won the United States title only one month since his return, and has defended it successfully up to this point.
Why Daniel Bryan is a Rising Superstar: One of the many reasons why Daniel Bryan is a rising superstar is because he is a submission specialist, which is a big rarity in the WWE. There are wrestlers currently who use submissions as finishers (Cena, Undertaker, Jericho), but there aren’t submission specialists like Bryan who knows various submissions and could lock one, in any position or situation. Bryan is also a technical wrestler who has high-flying moves, as well. Bryan also has put on great matches with everyone he has wrestled, and because of this has become a crowd favorite. While Bryan does not have great mic skills, he has improved a lot since his first promo on NXT earlier this year. It has shown that Bryan has been practicing on the mic and he seems to speak with a better flow and delivery.
What to Expect in the Future from Daniel Bryan: Bryan has a very good future going for him in the WWE. As long as he remains a crowd favorite, and puts on great matches like he has, Bryan will be a major player for the company. While it may be too early to tell if Bryan is a future main eventer or not, he will probably be competing for the mid-card titles (United States and Intercontinental) for years to come and have more feuds with other mid-card talents, like John Morrison, R-Truth, and others. And if Bryan continues to impress, he could even be elevated to main event level and get a chance at either the WWE Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship. For now, Bryan will focus on defending his United States Championship successfully against all comers.