WWE Universe: What Makes You Think Daniel Bryan Deserves to Be Champion?

I’ve been listening to a slew of podcasts since the Royal Rumble, covering the Rumble pay-per-view and Raw the night after with varying opinions. As I get ready to tape the podcast later tonight I ask myself the question above.


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From the Dave Meltzers to the Don Tonys to the Brian Fritzs to the John Pollocks (picture me cutting a promo like Shane Douglas when he threw down the NWA Championship belt), I feel like a Stretch Armstrong doll being pulled in different directions trying to make out why the Pittsburgh audience reacted Sunday night, just because Daniel Bryan didn’t make it into the Rumble match.

From as far back as Summerslam, I have talked about how Daniel Bryan has been over since WrestleMania 28. Even as he was pulled out of the singles title picture, he was able to thrive in a year-long “Team Hell No” story line.

I have said that Bryan deserves to stay high on the match card looking in or be involved in main event matches or even be a title contender.

The problem is WWE Creative has failed to book Bryan properly to make him a credible championship contender. It all falls back to when John Cena hand-picked Bryan as his Summerslam opponent. He never earned the right to challenge for the belt. Cena chose the popular opinion of the WWE Universe, and the WWE Universe learned that if they just kept chanting “YES!” Daniel Bryan would get what the fans wanted for him.


Cena’s injury post-Summerslam made Bryan the defacto top babyface, and of course the crowd was ecstatic about it, but he never wrestled in any matches to declare him #1 contender.

That’s why I haven’t had any issues with Daniel Bryan not being the champion or why WWE chose to not to let him keep the belt. I believe you can make him a champion and there are precedents like Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and even Shawn Michaels to support that the WWE Champion does not need to be big and musclebound.

For Bryan to be taken seriously as a champion, they needed to have him win a viable contender’s match and then give him a long title run so that he can EARN his foothold in the main event, just like they did with CM Punk.

Instead, having he Authority put him down and screwing him out of title victories has not benefited anyone. It has weakened the belt for three straight PPVs. The title matches at Night of Champions and Battleground were a total wash. If you wanna know why the TV ratings and the PPV buy rates dropped, there’s your proof.

Fast forward to TLC 2013,  Daniel Bryan has been moved out of the title picture and into a feud with the Wyatt family. John Cena had to talk about giving Daniel Bryan a title shot if he beat Orton for the newly formed WWE World Heavyweight Championship to win the crowd’s approval. Well it would not come to be because Orton won the match in an overbooked no-DQ match and then won a rematch with a diversion at the Royal Rumble. (Tell me again how anyone should care about the title picture, or care about Randy Orton for that matter).

The WWE Universe wants Daniel Bryan to be rewarded for his great matches and his in-ring ability, okay that’s fine. But WWE Creative has yet to give us a reason why he really deserves it.


Did you guys forget how you booked Bryan for his run as World Heavyweight Champion in 2011. Winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, cashing in on Big Show, winning multiple title matches over Big Show and Mark Henry or both.

Now, Monday night, Triple H planted the seeds to let Daniel Bryan have another title shot, because what the spoiled and entitled WWE Universe wants… they now will get.

In an age where our President of the United States is picked out of popularity (without earning it in my opinion), we want to do the same thing in the WWE.

Time to bring the sports back in sports entertainment. Like a UFC fighter or a NASCAR Driver or a boxer can beat all comers before they can contend for a championship,  Daniel Bryan is good enough to be in the main event and be a champion, but the writers and the bookers need to build the story so that he becomes once and for all, a contender. -KOP

The WWE Machine presents “Rock-tista”! Just in Time for WrestleMania Season

So when WWE can’t get the Rock back to headline Wrestlemania, they chose to find a former superstar, albeit older than the Rock. This guy has a lot of ink (not all of it good), does movies (not box-office blockbusters, yet) who people can get behind. He was called Batista, but when the WWE machine gets their muddy paws on him, he is who I will begin to call “Rock-Tista”.

The 2014 Royal Rumble is behind us and the WWE Universe in Pittsburgh, as well as a lot of former WWE superstars, writers and podcasters and vocal members of the IWC, are not buying into this newest hype machine to cloud what the “Universe” really wants…Daniel Bryan.

Among the most vocal is Lance Storm, as reported by WrestlingINC. He is absolutely right on how the WWE Universe needs to respond to what the WWE superiors are jamming down our throats.

“I don’t understand why everyone is so upset, considering they got exactly what was advertised and everyone predicted. #RoyalRumble @WWEDanielBryan was not advertised in the Rumble, no one booked in other matches on PPV were booked in the Rumble it was promoted that way. The current @WWEDanielBryan situation reminds me of Jerry Lynn vs RVD in ECW. By having him lose fans got more behind him “New F’N Show”

If you want to send a message Chanting won’t do it. Watch only @WWEDanielBryan segments on RAW, turn other segs off. That’s a message. I’m a huge fan of @WWEDanielBryan I’m just pointing out that chanting and b—-hing online isn’t the way to accomplish what you want.”

Someone start a petition! -KOP

My Open Letter to the WWE Creative Team

Dear WWE Creative team,

Greetings and Salutations! I hope my letter finds you in good spirits during this most exciting time of year. WrestleMania time!

Being myself a media professional for over 20 years, in and out of toxic and mentally draining corporate environments, I think I can comprehend and relate to the kind of overwhelming pressure and anxiety your management team and your fellow writers put you through.

Even though I might have just described your work environment accurately, the fact is none of you have any excuses as to why you are delivering the type of lackluster effort you have been delivering with the storylines and character development that WWE fans like myself are being subjected to.

No doubt the blame should be passed around every office in Stamford Connecticut at WWE headquarters, but the bulk of it lands on you.

I can remember vividly how often in the corporate environments of Clear Channel and the Hearst Corporation where lower level executives and their employees like myself would spend part of their time not doing their job better because they would not be appreciated nor better compensated, to complain about the amount of work, the amount of hours it took and the people that tasked them that work.

But during this stressful WrestleMania season, I ask you to do a favor for me and all of the WWE Universe. Have some respect for yourselves.

Complaining about inheriting the successes and failures of past creative team members (people like Court Bauer, Alex Greenfield, Brian Gerwitz,Vince Russo, Ed Ferrara, Bruce Pritchard and others.) are a waste of time. Denying that YOU DON’T is a an even bigger waste, so just drop it.

Feeling defeated going through the strenuous task of pitching creative ideas to Vince, Hunter and whichever others acting like Rocks of Gibraltar that either get approved and watered down, approved and then not give proper time to develop or simply shot down. Not to mention whining to yourself or others about re-writing a whole tv show at the last minute does not help us or you.

Let’s be honest, you are all not planning on a lifelong tenure with the WWE Creative team. All of you have aspirations maybe to work in television, movies or digital media. Some of you can’t go back to writing soap operas because those are…dead.

It’s time to put on a united front and make an aggressive effort to change the course of WWE storytelling for the better. For your careers, your individual legacies and maybe even… the love of wrestling.

Put on a mutiny against management and show them that we do not need to go last resort and resurrect WWE Superstars during the company’s boon periods ala Brock Lesnar, Batista and The Rock whom you will have little access and little creative freedom of their characters to work with.

Use some of that ego and selfishness and take some self pride of your time on the creative team.  Then leave something great behind and put it on your resume for the next career step.