I have to confess. I didn’t actually understand Daniel Bryan until this week’s episode of RAW and the response he got from the crowd. To me,Bryanwas always a bit of a bore. But then his brilliance struck me.
The WWE has always been a pantomime. The half of the WWE which is theatre (as opposed to sport) is entirely pantomime and always has been. That’s why the WWE Universe completes superstar’s lines for them and why everything is always going wrong.
No superstar captures that playful pantomime sense of the WWE better than Daniel Bryan. As soon as his music began on RAW, the crowd went nuts. It was exactly like the moment in pantomime’s where the villain says, “Ohhhhh yes I will” and the crowd responds “Ohhhhh no you won’t.” “Yes.” “No.” “Yes.” “No.”
Being an actor myself, I’ve naturally got an appreciation for theatre and that includes pantomime. And I have to say, while Daniel Bryan is not the best actor, he certainly I brilliant at creating that back and forth banter in the crowd that originate in pantomimes. And thanks to that I can finally, FINALLY say “YES!” to Daniel Bryan.
I really love the way he and Jerry “The King” Lawler bickered at one another on RAW. “I deserve to be in that match!”Bryanscreamed. Jerry Lawler shakes his head. .. “Uhhhh. . .there’s a match going on now. . . you’re not in it.” LOL.
And then the Goat Face foes nuts on CM Punk. LOL. As far as goats are concerned, Daniel Bryan has got to be one of the best ever. “Greatest in the world” goat? You bet your ass!
To be honest, the opening to this episode of RAW was absolutely brilliant. My normal reaction to interferences in the WWE is “No! No! No!” but this section was so wonderfully chaotic that I have to give it a resounding “Yes!”
Sorry I ever doubted you, Goat Face Daniel Bryan. Your pantomime genius is awesome. You’ve converted this “No!” to a loud and proud “Yes!”