Look aside i noticed the WWE is not portraying Bryan as the loser anymore , it's been some RAWs and Smackdowns since he took the loss , he even went over Rhodes and Sandow i think. I assume or atleast hope they gonna use Bryan at WM and the Raw after. He proved last year that he can do it on his own.
It's pretty remarkable. He's small , he's no mister handsome , he is not that good on the mic. But you can't deny that the little goat knows how to entertain a crowd. He looked silly during NXT , he had a pretty okay run as US champion , he then got completely forgotten on Smackdown , he took the money in the bank. He made everybody look good in the ring. Had a few MOTN and MOTY... He adapted a catchphrase... Learned how to get over on tv. And after WM he just exploded. He's now one of the most reconizeble stars on the roster. And is always over with the crowd.
The beard just shows that progression. And i think that's cool.