Let's say you have this really big fire and you want to keep it going. What do you do? You throw more wood on it, you throw more Miz t-shirts into and you pour more gas on it. If you want that them to be big and hot and stay big and hot you need to keep feeding it. It needs gas. It needs wood. It can still be hot without those things, but if you want it big and scary and awesome you need to keep pouring that gasoline. Especially on the Raw before the pay-per-view.
In case you didn't get the metaphor, the fire in this situation is Daniel Bryan and that fire is not being fed. Not correctly at least. Not from the Vince McMahon school of promotion, at least. Here's what Stone Cold Steve Austin has to say about the Vince McMahon school of promotion that I think explains the problem perfectly. (He said this in reference to the promotion of Redneck Island.)
"I come from the Vince McMahon school of promotion. If you want to make money, if you want to be successful, you build a star. You build your number one. Once you build your number one, you keep throwing gas on that motherfucker cause you never want it to cool off. Going back to the days when Stone Cold was being built, hotter than a sumbitch, Vince kept throwing the gas on him. Here comes The Rock. Vince starts throwing the gas on him. Blowing him up. He's burning like a damn sumbitch. He's on fire. You got two cats on fire. You can do that. You can get number one. You can get number 1A. You gotta keep throwing gas on em."
Stop and ask yourself if you honestly think this is what has been done with Daniel Bryan in the last few weeks. Yes, he's been in the main event. Yes, he's been in important talking segments. And yes, he's in the main event of the pay-per-view, but are they keeping him hot? Are they throwing gas on that fire? I don't think so.
It seems to me like they are trying to use the hot fire of Daniel Bryan to create some other fires. Let's take some of Bryan's fire and make another fire with Big Show over here. Let's take some of Bryan's fire and start this Cody Rhodes fire over here. Let's take some of Bryan's fire and burn Dolph Ziggler's career to the ground. On the surface this is smart, you can use popular guys to help build less popular guys, but the problem is that Daniel Bryan isn't done. His fire hasn't reached the point where he can successfully build other fires while sustaining his own. He still needs some work.
I mean, couldn't the Cody Rhodes thing have waited? Our revenge fantasies are being pulled in two different directions. Daniel Bryan should get his revenge (or be screwed again) before we started introducing other people with legitimate beefs. They are building two fires at once. Finish the first one. Don't get me wrong, a WWE where Bryan is the Austin and Cody Rhodes is The Rock is my favorite WWE, but there needs to be patience. It can't just happen in the few weeks between two pay-per-views.
Yet the biggest issue, to me, is the whole Big Show thing. The focus on this Sunday's big match should be "How will Daniel Bryan overcome the odds? How can he win?" but it has instead become "What will Big Show do?" If Daniel Bryan wins via a Big Show KO punch then this whole thing has been for nothing and he is post-Eddie's death Rey Mysterio. That would be stupid. Daniel Bryan doesn't need a big brother. He doesn't need anyone. He may be smaller, but if you get him into a one-on-one wrestling match he can beat anyone in the world. That is his character. He is Stone Cold Steve Austin (who would never lose a one-on-one fight and didn't want (or need) your damn help) mixed with Ricky Steamboat (who could out wrestle anyone at anytime.) He is pure. He can beat Orton, Cena, the Shield and Big Show in a one-on-one match.. (Unless you watched last week's Raw where the point was that Big Show could have totally knocked him out if he didn't have such a big heart.) He can beat anyone if it is a straight up wrestling match. He didn't need the Big Show at ringside screaming "Yes!" to beat John Cena and he doesn't need him now.
Maybe I'm wrong about the direction of this, maybe Show is going to screw Bryan out of the title and then Bryan will Yes Lock him to hell, but last night was the last big Raw before Daniel's (next) biggest match of his life and the focus wasn't on him. It was on an impossible Edge/Triple H feud and a Big Show/Orton match that isn't happening. Sure, Daniel Bryan got to end the show chanting "Yes!" with the crowd eating out of his hand, but he only got to do that because Big Show led him there. Because Big Show saved him and distracted the bully long enough for him. It didn't leave me thinking that Daniel Bryan could win. It left me thinking that no matter what happens this Sunday it will be because of the Big Show and to me that's not what's "best for business."
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