WWE TLC 2011: Daniel Bryan Must Walk Away with World Heavyweight Title

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Daniel Bryan is one of the best, pure wrestlers the WWE has on its roster, and his improvements on the mic have been noticed by the people in the back.

That’s why Bryan has to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase after Mark Henry defends the World Heavyweight Championship against Big Show at the TLC pay-per-view on Sunday.

Mark Henry as world champion has started to grow old for many fans, and the feud with the Big Show is not helping his cause. As we saw from the steel cage match between Bryan and Henry, that would be the much more entertaining matchup.

While fans will call this all speculation, I am convinced the WWE used the SmackDown, in which Big Show knocked out Henry and Bryan cashed in the briefcase, as a gauge of the crowd’s reaction.

Needless to say, the WWE likes the idea.

With Bryan’s technical wizardry an obvious plus, the company was looking for Bryan to add more grit to his game. I have looked at it through the eyes of an older wrestling fan; they want Daniel Bryan to go from Dean Malenko to Chris Benoit.

Yes, Malenko was fantastic but he failed to get over with the crowd because he lacked personality. While Benoit’s personality wasn’t much better, he came off as super aggressive and was a wild man. That’s what people want.

With Bryan incorporating more wild kicks and rapid-fire combinations, the fans feel like he is running at 100 miles per hour at all times. As good as the comparisons to Chris Benoit are, there is a star he is more similar to if the WWE would take the leash off his move repertoire.

Rob Van Dam.

While Rob Van Dam was never great on the mic, he let his in-ring work speak for itself. The whole F’N show made it his duty to put on five-star matches every time he stepped into the ring.

That is the same mentality that Bryan carries himself. With the kicks, punches and the ability and willingness to jump off anything in order to hit a big move, the WWE needs to push Bryan like they did RVD.

At the end of the day, if Daniel Bryan walks out of TLC with the World Championship, the WWE universe will explode with excitement.


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