I've seen some discussions floating around elsewhere that Daniel Bryan is perhaps only average on the microphone.
Here at PW, the majority of the discussion seems focused on where Daniel Bryan as a wrestler is headed with regards to his booking. The rest is delegated to his amazing in-ring skills that even the biggest detractor of his has to recognize, I would imagine.
Where does his mic skills fall for you, though? Is he just average? Is he better than average? Hell, is he below average?
In those aforementioned discussions, I've see him associated with the Bob Backlund types where he's great in the ring, but not expected to rip it up on the microphone.
I'll say this much: I HATE that gee golly thing Daniel Bryan does when cutting a promo. Where he's smiling and just seems like all of this is still surreal to him or something -- like he's not meant to be there. I get the different levels wrestlers can jump between with respect to joking around and seriousness, but the gee golly bit doesn't cut it for me.
With that said, when DB does turn it on and gets intense, as he did with HHH this past week on Raw, then he's money; he shows that flash of brilliance on the stick.
If DB can find a way to take it to that next level on the microphone and I absolutely believe he can, then I can see the next few weeks going into 'Mania being huge for him. There isn't a single doubt in my mind that DB can hang with HHH in these segments, an all-time great on the microphone in my view.
He is the total package and relegating him to Backlund status (with all due respect to him) does DB a disservice.