How do you know if you are the best in the world at what you do? You win the World heavyweight Championship. That is a feat Chris Jericho has done several times, proving to the world that he is the greatest, at least for the time being. In the WWE the World Champion always has to keep looking over his shoulder because someone is coming to try and prove that they are better and take your title.
Current NXT superstar and newcomer to the WWE, Daniel Bryan, has Jericho running scared. Who is Daniel Bryan? That is what the WWE Universe is asking.
Bryan started wrestling in his backyard before attending the Texas Wrestling Alliance, wrestling school run by the Heart Break kid Shawn Michaels. Daniels went on to work for Memphis Championship Wrestling, a WWE Developmental territory until the companies parted ways. Daniel continued to work, even jobbing to guys on Velocity and Heat.
Daniel Bryan was named the “Founding Father” of Ring of Honor. He headlined the promotions debut show in a three way match with Low ki and Christopher Daniels. In September of 2005, Bryan won the Ring of Honor World Championship by defeating James Gibson at Glory by Honor IV.
Ring of Honor announced on August 23, 2009 that Bryan had signed a contract with the WWE. He was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling, a developmental territory in January of the following year, until being called up to NXT.
On the inaugural NXT show on February 23, 2010, Daniel Bryan took the World Champ to the limit in an awesome match that saw the newcomer tap out to the Walls of Jericho. During the match, Bryan hit a suicide dive from the ring to the floor onto Jericho, but he crashed into the announcers table injuring his ribs. The match may have had a different outcome if that didn’t happen. That has to be in the back of Jericho’s mind.
The next week on NXT, the World Champ showed he was intimidated by the newcomer by attacking him after his match. Bryan lost to fellow NXT Rookie Wade Barrett, then was once again put into the Walls of Jericho. Chris is trying to squash his competition before he has a chance to take his title.
Will Daniel Bryan be able to overcome his rib injury and if given another opportunity to step in the ring with Chris Jericho, could he beat him. The WWE Universe will have to wait and see if this rookie has what it takes to compete in the WWE.