E-Mail from Daniel Bryan’s Mother

Hello Scott, I'm Daniel Bryan's Mother.

I'm deathly afraid for my son because he worked so hard to reach this point in his career and, now, after only a year or so of making main event money, he's down with a career-threatening neck injury. I'm worried that he hasn't been able to save enough money to make his years in WWE count and, God help me, he ends up like Dynamite Kid.

Please console me and let me know that everything will be ok for my boy.

​Wow, what an honor.  Well, since the Network has apparently imploded tonight, I have time to answer.  First up, wouldn't you call him Bryan and not Daniel?  But I'm getting sidetracked here.  Clearly this is a legitimate and serious e-mail.  However, given that I'm not his doctor, I can't give you a legitimate and serious answer.  
Also, aren't you dead?  Just curious.  
If not, you might want to keep his bedroom maintained, because I don't see him coming back any time soon.  And Brie Bella doesn't come cheap.  ​

Daniel Bryan’s WrestleMania Run

Scott,

Do you think that Daniel Bryan's Road to WrestleMania was one of the best in WWE history? I think it was, but a lot of the details surrounding it had little to do with WWE's booking. They caught on and were able to turn it into a satisfying storyline, but some of the best moments of it were ones that were completely unplanned. The crowd turning on the Rumble, the crowd chanting for Daniel Bryan when he was in the ring while HHH was trying to push Cena/Orton, etc. The whole buildup was completely unique in that sense.

​It was certainly one of the most memorable, although time will tell if it actually helped Bryan get to the next level.  It certainly hurt Batista and nearly destroyed him as a draw in what should have been his glorious comeback, for example.  But as an organic story, with WWE wanting one main event the fans dictating another one by overriding them at every turn, it'll probably be untouched. k​

Daniel Bryan’s father passes away

Excerpt from WWE.com

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan’s (Bryan Danielson’s) father
has unexpectedly passed away. Bryan was made aware of his father’s
passing after returning from his honeymoon with Brie Bella. Despite the
news, Bryan has insisted on performing for the WWE Universe tonight
(April 21) and will be on Raw. WWE extends our deepest condolences to
Bryan and his family.

 http://www.wwe.com/inside/daniel-bryan-father-passes-away-26253027

Bryan’s drawing power

Hey Scott, I find all this recent talk about Daniel Bryan's drawing power, or lack there of, to be fascinating. I was just wondering if you could tell me when it was first seen that Austin was a drawing power, which PPV had a good buyrate that was seen as primarily financially successful because of Austin, and when did house show attendance start going up because of Austin? Also, what are the answers to these same questions, but regarding Cena? Thanks.
Austin was kind of a long-term project, but when he started to get hot in mid-97, he got HOT.  Ratings would spike for his appearances in particular.  The MSG RAW where he stunned Vince McMahon would probably be the point where he went from midcard sensation into undisputed #1 guy in the making, and clearly the Tyson RAW put him over the top.  That angle led to Wrestlemania 14 going up a crazy huge amount of buys, plus the momentum from it propelled RAW to the first ratings win over Nitro in 82 weeks.  If I recall, Rumble 98 (built around Austin winning) did extraordinarily well too and seemed to be a strong sign of his drawing power.   
With Cena, the writing was on the wall almost as soon as he won the US title from Big Show.  He was driving ratings on Smackdown on a weekly basis, and the Cena/JBL + HHH/Batista Wrestlemania did an ungodly huge buyrate.  Everyone knew Cena was the next guy as soon as he dumped Bull Buchanan and started going over dudes with the FU clean in the middle.