By now, I’m sure that you’ve all heard about the release of Bryan Danielson. For the handful of you who’ve yet to hear of this catastrophe – Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) was released from his WWE contract yesterday. After some speculation as to whether this release was legit or a work, it seems as though it is indeed legit. Unfortunately.
This is the story so far: On Monday, the NXT season 1 rookies made a huge impact on RAW when they destroyed John Cena, CM Punk and a number of announcers, including ring announcer Justin Roberts. On Tuesday, the wrestling world was buzzing about the incident and how well it went. Sometime between then and Friday, possibly Monday night or Tuesday morning, a high ranking person complained to Vince McMahon about the NXT incident. Whoever made the complaint noted that Bryan Danielson choking ring announcer Justin Roberts with his tie was much too violent for their PG-programming; said that it made a statement that it was ‘okay’ and ‘fun’ to choke someone with a tie. Apparaently, this high rank official/suit’s complaint was enough for Vince to have the footage of said portion of the NXT segment of RAW removed from all videos and replays.
I understand that the WWE is PG. I understand that the WWE needs to always monitor what they do because of what our soceity is in general. Love or hate PG, they can’t do what they used to do because it simply wouldn’t fly as well as it did back then. I get it.
What I don’t get is the extreme measurements that were taken regarding all of this. Was it really necessary for them to fire Danielson? Danielson was a huge part of NXT, he had a great little angle with Michael Cole and The Miz. He was obviously going to be instrumental in the developing angle with the NXT rookies because he is so much more well-rounded and experienced then the others. Couldn’t there have been a punishment that more approprietly fit the crime? I say there was.
Certainly a complaint coming from a top person can’t be completely disregarded, but if Vince thought the angle did well, and all reports have said he was, I honestly don’t see why a short suspension and/or fine couldn’t have been implemented instead.
Once again, I think a simple mistake was over-blown and has resulted in what I can only think is an even bigger mistake in the long run.
Who wins here? Not Bryan Danielson, who was the casualty of this mishap. Not the NXT season 1 rookies, who are on the verge of a huge opportunity. Not the WWE, who is also on the verge of a huge opportunity. And not the fans, who are losing out on seeing one of the best in the world on a much larger platform than he’s ever been on.
Fortunately, I’ve read a few reports that note that the WWE is not happy over the loss of Bryan Danielson and are hoping t bring him back with this incident has blown over. Not to say that Bryan Danielson will still be willing to re-join the company.
Best case scenario: The NXT rookies continue in this angle and in a month’s time or so, we’ll see the return of the American Dragon. Worst case scenario (for the WWE): TNA will be there to pick up another great worker who was let go because of circumstances out of their control.
We’ll see where the WWE and Bryan Danielson go from here.
Disgruntled AmDrag fan,