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Join Date: Aug 2007
Re: Daniel "The Dazzler" Bryan
By the 3rd year, Kurt Angle had already had headlining card main event runs with Austin and Rock and was slated as the number 1b guy behind Brock Lesnar on Smackdown when Smackdown was doing more viewers than Raw and still on his way up. He also had high level programs with Hogan, HHH, and Undertaker where he would occasionally, actually win a match.
By the 3rd year, Bryan has never really headlined anything and is on his way down already playing 2nd fiddle to the young scrappy up-and-comer Kane and was positioned and regarded significantly lower than creative's vanity project AJ Lee. He'd struggle to be in Smackdown's top 5 guys from the company's standpoint as they clearly see Del Rio, Big Show, Sheamus, Orton, and likely Ryback several times higher in importance than him in a period where Smackdown is at its lowest level it's ever been at. He never really beats any of those guys in singles matches, and he always is the one getting pinned in tag matches because he's seen as disposable. Didn't matter if he was face, heel, or tweener.
And Angle got paid a lot more money because he was in a much higher position consistently than DA JAWB. You know, the difference between being a main eventer and a midcarder.
I do have one question for anyone who might feel that Dwayne Johnson "owes" the business. Is it just him, or is it anyone who moved on to other things? Should Luna Vachon get heat for running a towing company instead of working on RAW? Should Maven be critiqued on his Home Shopping Network bits instead of wrestling?
Or is it only the ones who go on to highly visible careers in movies that owe something? Why do Johnson (who left after putting people over, doing the traditionally "right thing") and Lesnar (who did not; except for making Eddie a legitimate star) get called sell-outs who "forgot where they came from" when someone who retires to do some regular job get credit (as they should) for moving on and making it without falling into a sea of addiction?
Last edited by vanboxmeer; 01-07-2013 at 03:57 PM.