YES! YES! YES! Since I've just finished the 2k19 showcase let's see what the WWEF crew and Crow thinks about this great wrestler.
Arguably the best in-ring skills this industry has ever seen, and if not THE best then definetely in the top 5. One thing is for certain and all wrestling critics agree on it, and that is that Daniel Bryan is the best technician in the history of the Great sport and thus he's ranked as technician of the year for 9 years in a row by WON. He's technics are just out of this world, Regal was his trainer just to become insanely inferior to his student after he made it big, or even before it's better to say. Besides being the technique god, Bryan is almost equally good with submissions, true submission specialist and the guy that made them look the realest out of any other guy in the bussines. High flying skills are also pretty good in this guy and probably some of the best when it comes to tecnhician/submission specialist wrestlers performing them. His grappling skills are also class A although since he's a smaller guy in that field he's inferior to some similar style wrestlers such as Benoit, Angle, Guerrero etc but it's completely understandable, you can't sell the best German suplex when you're small. Chain wrestling skills also on point, fuckin perfect almost. Not to even mention Bryan's movesets which are some of the best and the most unique sets of maneuvers this bussines has ever seen. When it comes to quality of matches he's on the same rang as AJ Styles, Cena and Punk. Some of the best late PG Era matches belong to Bryan.
When it comes to non-wrestling abilities charisma is his highlight. When you get entire venues on the biggest wrestling events chanting something as simple as "yes!" solely because of you, you know you've got something. In this era he's one of the charisma goats together with Punk and Cena. His mic skills are above average, not close to Punk's or anything but still good. It's unusual to see any technicians of his quality that are good on the mic and close to his talk skills. Just look at Angle, Benoit or Regal, that was their biggest weakness but not Bryan's at all. Although I don't consider his character work to be something special, regular wrestling crowd is crazy about it. Both "yes!" and "no!" Daniel Bryan were off the charts when it comes to crowd reaction. And yeah, that also means that Bryan is excellent both as a face and as a heel. His character work was and is simple, it's just that. But it seems that something simple and catchy works with pro wrestling crowd, thus "what?" chants are over too. Simple yet objectively amazing character work is a part of the things that got over both Bryan and Stone Cold. When it comes to Bryan's presence it's well established with his persona. That bearded hairy face together with typical technician look really worked for him and it is in many ways ideal.
No second thoughts in this one when it comes to my grade, it's an upfront 10/10. It's weird when you think about it, but Daniel Bryan might actually be somewhere in the top 10 greatest. He's full package in almost every field - in-ring, charisma, character work, mic skills. He's mic skills are not THAT good but better are not needed for his persona. Yeap, objectively same grade as Shawn Michaels and it's not a shocker at all.
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