Hustle Is Posting Right Now - Daniel Bryan's Excellent Adventure (Part Three - The Dream Scenario)
Jul 30, 2013 - 12:38:01 PM
You rock, Maricel.
"Never thought you'd see it.."
Alright, everyone, I want you to picture something in your heads. It doesn't matter if you want this scenario to happen or not, and it doesn't matter if you think it will happen or not. Just picture this in your head..
Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Title at SummerSlam by defeating John Cena via submission.
Are you picturing it? Are you?
As I said, it doesn't matter if you want it to happen, or if you think it will happen. I just wanted to put that picture in your heads.
It's a scenario that most people aren't really talking about, mostly because people don't think it has any chance of happening. Of course, there's a good reason for that, if you've been following John Cena's career.
Cena made his WWE main roster debut on June 25th, 2002. If you aren't a math wizard, that's a full 134 months ago. A little over 11 years ago. That's a long time. In that time frame, Cena has lost a total of three matches by submission..
- At No Way Out 2004 (February 15th, 2004) in a Triple Threat with Kurt Angle & Big Show, when he tapped to Angle's Ankle Lock
- At a Smackdown taping (December 2nd, 2003) VS Chris Benoit, when he tapped to a Crippler Crossface
- At No Mercy 2003 (October 19th, 2003) VS Kurt Angle, when he tapped to an Ankle Lock
The first thing you'll notice there is that he hasn't lost via submission in a full nine-and-a-half years, with all of his submission losses coming before he was in the main event scene. An entire generation of wrestling fans have never seen Cena submit before. That is one of the best anti-submission records in WWF/WWE history, only behind people like The Undertaker (who only has one submission loss, and even then, it was a "screwjob" where he never actually tapped) and Hulk Hogan (who only has one submission loss with the company, but has more if you count his time with TNA and WCW). In the last nine-and-a-half years, Cena has faced the likes of Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger, Chris Benoit, Charlie Haas, Chris Masters, William Regal, Kurt Angle, Muhammad Hassan, etc.. all men with submission moves in their arsenals.. without losing via submission.
With Angle and Benoit, you have two of the greatest submission wrestlers of all-time. There's no debating that. Unless, of course, you're Vince McMahon and want all traces of Benoit removed from the history books completely (you can just about guarantee it would be said that Cena only has two submission losses if this fact would be brought up on WWE television leading up to SummerSlam). There's no shame in having tapped out to those two, looking at their track records. Daniel Bryan is the top submission specialist of today's wrestling scene. What if.. what if.. Bryan is added to the short list of men who have made the mighty John Cena submit?
I've used "star-making moment" in my columns and on podcasts before, but this one might be the ultimate in star-making moments, perhaps only short of an up-and-coming name beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania. If Daniel Bryan were to force John Cena to submit at SummerSlam, that would be a tremendous boost for his career. To have that kind of support and faith from WWE management would make everything worth it. All of the hurdles that he had to overcome. Everything. The long journey on the independent scene. The cards where he had to wrestle in front of only a couple dozen people. The injuries. The comments that he would never make it to the "big time". The comments that he lacked the personality to be any type of "star" in the business. Getting fired when his WWE career was just getting started. Everything.
What I view as an added bonus is the fact that you almost have to assume we wouldn't see a Money In The Bank cash-in from Randy Orton at SummerSlam if all this were to happen. Letting Bryan beat Cena via submission, only for him to lose the WWE Title mere moments later? Wouldn't that seem like a huge waste of a "trophy" that most men will never get to own in their careers? It would be like someone defeating The Undertaker at WrestleMania, only to go on and unsuccessfully challenge for the World Title later that night. What's the point? That just seems like one of the biggest groan-inducing moments ever.
Beating Cena is one thing, and is special enough all on its own, but beating him in a way that only two men in wrestling history have been able to do? Could we really be on the verge of seeing history? It's a long shot, but it certainly is possible. I think I know the answer to this, but I'm going to ask it, anyway..
From 0% to 100%, what does everyone think the chances are that we'll see a submission victory for Bryan at SummerSlam?
I'll be back with part four of the series at some point soon.
Writer's Note: This coming Sunday, August 4th, at 9pm EST, I welcome all of you to join me for Storytime With Uncle Hustle, only on LoP Radio. There will be a campfire and refreshments, and I will be reading you all a story. What's the story about? Two words.. Fan Fiction. It's going to be the most talked-about show that LoP Radio has done, that's for sure.
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