Earlier this month, Daniel Bryan bid an emotional fair well to the WWE Universe. Losing a talent like Bryan is a huge blow to the WWE at the best of times, but it is an even bigger blow if you consider the company's crippling injury list.
The WWE has a massive void to fill in the wake of his departure, especially if you consider star names such as John Cena and Seth Rollins are set to miss the company's flagship pay-per-view next month, WrestleMania.
For a while now, WWE has been lacking the star presence of the past. Towards the end of last year, to help with the lack of star names and injuries to key stars, the company decided to go with the big names of the past, booking Sting and The Undertaker as top billing in three of the last four pay-per-views of the year.
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The fact is the WWE Universe has no one they really want to get behind. Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler are probably the fans top baby faces at the moment.
Roman Reigns seems to be struggling to connect with the audience, but Vince McMahon and the WWE seem to be persistent on moulding him into the face of the company, no matter how much the WWE's fan base boos him.
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This is amazing considering the WWE boss used that same excuse on the Stone Cold podcast as to why the internet's wrestling community darling Cesaro and his WWE career has thus far floundered and largely disappointed over the last four years.
So how do WWE ease their roster worries and give the fans someone to genuinely get behind on a main event level? The answer to me is simple, and comes in the form of Sami Zayn. The Canadian himself only recently returned from injury in December after he injured himself in his hometown debut while lifting his arm to acknowledge the crowds appreciation, which left him with a torn rotar cuff and on the sidelines for seven months.
Sami himself recently stated on an episode of Breaking Ground on the WWE Network that if he were to return to NXT after him being cleared from injury, he would feel like his career was stagnating. Zayn is a huge talent and he already had a huge fanbase in the wrestling world before joining WWE when he wrestled on the independent scene as El Generico.
The fans would, without a doubt, get behind a huge push for the Canadian should he be given a huge push on the main roster. How huge would a storyline be, where Sami Zayn went up against The Authority only to face the same Endeavour as Daniel Bryan and be told he is a B+ player? It would excite what has largely become a jaded and bored fan base with the handpicked favourites constantly being pushed into the limelight.
There are a huge amount of similarities between Daniel Bryan and Sami Zayn. They are both fantastic technical wrestlers, they both made their name and formed a huge fan base in Ring of Honor, they both represent the ordinary fan in appearance and you can even go as far as to say their Raw debuts were both marred with problems that kept them off screen for a while after.
Daniel Bryan was fired in 2010 when he debuted with The Nexus after he failed to stay within the PG boundaries and Choked ring announcer Justin Roberts with his tie and after pressure from sponsors Bryan was fired by WWE until being reinstated two months later, as I have already mentioned Zayn's debut was marred by injury while lifting his arms to the crowd pre-match ad he was left on the sidelines for seven months.
Now is the time for WWE to pull the trigger with Sami Zayn and give the WWE's fan base a cult hero.
What frustrates the fans sometimes, and why they voice their disapproval of the product, it's not that they are not unsympathetic towards some of the unforeseen problems the company has encountered, but that they ignore the answer to their problems that is right under their nose and because Vince is impaired on his vision of a sports entertainer having to be a muscle-bound giant.
Look at Braun Strowman, who continues to get pushed despite having little to non-wrestling experience and even less talent within the ring. I fear Sami Zayn if not utilised soon will go the way of so many top talents that have become despondent over the WWE's booking of them over the years which include Kurt Angle, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg and more recently the about to quit, Wade Barrett.
You only have to look at the six-foot-seven Drew McIntyre who lit the independent scene up over the last 12 months. Prior to his WWE release, he was being booked as a rock star wannabe, who regularly played air guitar and would be beaten in less than five minutes.
There is never going to be a complete replacement for a talent like Daniel Bryan but should Sami Zayn be given the Chance? YES! YES! YES!
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