Time for a New Prescription

Nick Paglino

Daniel BryanThe older I get, the worse my eyes get.

But, as I get older, while I may need to get a stronger prescription, I see clearer than I did when I was young. Clarity helps sort through clutter and chatter. I see people’s agendas. I watch the news and see the story behind the story… the motivation behind the reporting.

I’ve read dozens of articles since SummerSlam about Daniel Bryan and Triple H. Many questions.  Is it good for Bryan? Is it bad for Bryan? Too much Triple H? Is Orton the entrée or the side dish? Will business improve or suffer?

I wonder how many of us who pose questions with concerns about business skew toward the side of Daniel Bryan. How many of these writers project personal frustration about Daniel Bryan losing the title so quickly to Randy Orton after capturing the title from John Cena?

Isn’t anyone happy to have Triple H back in control? I know my buddy, Scott Criscuolo from the “Place to Be Podcast” is but who missed the memo?

I can plainly see that they are doing Daniel Bryan no favors.


Two reasons. One, they see Daniel Bryan as a small, plucky side dish but not the entrée. Two, they are keeping the seat warm until John Cena returns from injury. It’s as if Cena is the only one realized to be credible.

Also, it's clear they are subliminally selling the message that no one on the stage is stronger than the WWE. None of the “friends” of Bryan are “Stone Cold defiant”, willing to come down to help their mate. By standing like statues, the WWE superstars embody the company-born belief they are incapable of finding work, needing the WWE. This is a legitimate tool used to control the weak-minded of the WWE.

This embodies pure McMahon Ego, which has domineered the landscape following the death of WCW. If the WWE superstars are all “larger than life”, then why not allow them to be in high demand elsewhere? Would the casual fan think ill of the brand if that were the case? Did the casual fan think the WWF/E was lacking when Stone Cold Steve Austin regularly stood up to Vince McMahon in the height of the Monday Night Wars?

Darren Young is the only one who could “risk” his job and put it back in the WWE’s face. After all, he came out to try and help the SummerSlam buyrate. That’s why the TMZ camera was waiting for him at the airport and just coincidentally asked that question, right? Imagine Young putting that back on Triple H? What would “Paul” say? He would have no comeback.

The fan in me says someone needs to grow some balls. But when you are told when you can have balls and when you cannot, I wouldn’t look for anyone in the WWE sprouting new testicles anytime soon.

“Growing balls” was a big theme at the most recent ROH Tryout Camp/Seminar. Always the case in Ring of Honor and in wrestling historically, if someone got over, they got over. It’s hard to make “over”. Go get yourself over… don’t worry, we’ll adjust.

I don’t need glasses to see when someone is over. All I do is listen.

When Daniel Bryan was on the way up, the crowd was deafening. With Triple H, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, it’s so quiet.

Super Bowl Prediction – Atlanta over New England in the Super Bowl as Matt Ryan brings back the Dirty Bird.

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