Topic: Daniel Bryan

April 4, 2014

With the new Reality Era of meta, multiplatform storytelling, professional wrestling has experienced a revolution. Not surprisingly, it involves a guy in a beard, a sea of t-shirts and the power of the people.

April 4, 2014

A look at the logic behind the booking for WrestleMania XXX with Kayfabermetrics' Matthew Timmons. We'll try to answer all the questions you may have about the WWE's Showcase of the Immortals. Maybe even why is the Shield perpetually wet.

January 20, 2014

A conversation about finishing moves, dating on television and the DNA wrestling shares with MMA, with one of the most interesting humans in the World Wrestling Federation? Yes!

August 16, 2013

It's time for the Biggest Party of the Summer, so why is Nick so bummed? You guessed it: beards, Canadians and Captain Sunshine. Thankfully, Tom's here to make it all better.   

August 7, 2013

Considering the hype around Daniel Bryan's ascendancy to the main event, it may feel like the WWE title has always been the biggest thing in wrestling. But, like most things, it took a brilliant performance (and an even more brilliant promo) to establish that winning the belt meant that not only did you beat The Man, but that you are The Man. 

October 8, 2012

Team Hell No! has crashed hard into the main event on the strength of  top-notch chemisty and quality matches that subvert the very essence of what tag team contests are supposed to be. Theirs is the path of most resistance, but if they can stay the course, it should be a road worth taking. Especially if the spoiled main event cherry on top of  No Way Out 2007's poop-and-worm sundae is any indication. 

April 18, 2012

The WWE owed its crazy late-90s popularity boom to a simple idea: The whole concept of good guys and bad guys was obsolete, and crowds wanted to cheer assholes. After that cultural wave inevitably ended, the WWE tried to go family-friendly. But now, fans are cheering heels and booing the good guys, and the company is trying to play both sides of the fence. 

December 7, 2011

For most of the past decade, Daniel Bryan was, by general nerd consensus, the single best independent wrestler in America. But the WWE has built itself on chiseled, charismatic figures, and Danielson isn't that. Given WWE's lack of tolerance toward wrestler weed-smoking and Danielson's ridiculous physical abilities, I have to assume that he's not actually high all the time, or ever. But he sure does seem like it. He's a vegan because he's got some weird health issues. He sings backup on a song from the new Kimya Dawson album. He's a strange guy.