WWE’s Daniel Bryan: Dream matc

WWE’s Daniel Bryan: Dream matches that are entirely possible

Really though, we just want to see Daniel Bryan wrestle anybody at this point.

WWE’s Daniel Bryan: Dream matc

In the months following Wrestlemania 34, WWE has gifted us with Daniel Bryan dream match ups that are surreal, to say the least.

The first one against AJ Styles, albeit tarnished by Nakamura’s interference, kept us on our toes with its innovative back-and-forth action. A month later, Daniel Bryan wowed us again with a stellar Smackdown LIVE main event against Jeff Hardy.

Keep in mind, that both of these were given away on free TV!

WWE is scheduled to spoil us again when Bryan undertakes a Ring Of Honor rematch against Samoa Joe. With how diverse and star-studded of a roster they have today, a whole slew of dream match situations can happen at any given time.

Just fantasize with me for a moment here. Trading talent is an occasional element in WWE programming, which means that all of these could happen in the future regardless if the wrestler is from Raw, Smackdown, 205 Live, or NXT.

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

In Smackdown LIVE’s early days, it had a post-show panel called Talking Smack. One of its iconic moments included then-Intercontinental Champion, The Miz, barking at Daniel Bryan for being a coward who retires instead of just going to another company. The WWE wouldn’t clear Daniel at the time, but a shady, more careless local promotion might do it for easy exposure.

It’s 2018, Daniel Bryan returned at Wrestlemania 34, and The Miz lost the Intercontinental Championship earlier that night. Who’s the coward now?

The story and animosity is already there. Not only that, but lately The Miz has proven himself to be as much of a workhorse in-ring as he is on the mic.

Daniel Bryan vs. Mustafa Ali

The phrase “innovative offence” is thrown around a lot for good reason. 21st-century wrestling has evolved through international appeal. Thanks to the internet, anyone can watch any style of wrestling from countless different countries. Any wrestler can be influenced from that.

If there’s a WWE superstar who represents the future style of wrestling, it’s Mustafa Ali. Along with Cedric Alexander, Ricochet, and Will Ospreay, Mustafa is innovating a new form of high-flyer. In the early 2010s, Daniel Bryan introduced a new, bombastic style of technical wrestling.

A match between the two would be an absolute clinic of creativity. You wouldn’t be able to blink because you never know when you’ll miss a critical reversal or submission hold.

Daniel Bryan vs. Keith Lee

Certain recipes are hard to mess up, but when done right, they are amazing! Chips, pancakes, and David versus Goliath wrestling matches to name a few.

Daniel Bryan brings out some of his best whenever the odds are stacked against him. He’s no stranger to tackling giants like Kane and Big Cass. But, DB has never faced anyone like Keith Lee before.

When you see how big Keith Lee is, then see his Tope Con Hilo, it’s like your little cousin jokingly gave Sin Cara’s moves to Braun Strowman in WWE 2k18. In all seriousness, imagine the lengths Daniel Bryan would need to go to in order to overcome the power and agility of this NXT prospect.

Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura have eluded each other for their whole careers. While in NJPW in the early 2000s and Shinsuke being signed to WWE right around the time Daniel had his first retirement, they somehow have never crossed paths.

Like The Miz, this dream match is a lot more possible than the others on the list due to both wrestlers being on Smackdown. There can even be a story continued from the time Nakamura put the flame out of Bryan versus Styles by attacking them both.

If it does happen, it’ll be a barn burner of a match. Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is the Busaiku Knee versus the Kinshasa. It’s the Yes! Lock versus the Cross Armbar. Expect a flurry of stiff strikes and impressive submission wrestling.

Daniel Bryan vs. Kurt Angle

If you know who Kurt Angle is, you probably saw this coming. You may have a soft spot for technical wizardry like me and want to see these two counter each other ad infinitum. The mat wrestling would be insane as its essentially jiu-jitsu techniques against amateur wrestling techniques.

A dream match like this isn’t purely a service to hardcore fans. Bryan and Angle are the greatest crossover successes for their respective generations.

It’s a match with a calibre that could justify a Wrestlemania main event. I can’t imagine a more fitting last match for Kurt Angle than Angle versus Bryan.


We don’t have to fantasize when Daniel Bryan vs Samoa Joe is finally happening in a WWE ring, 30 May on Smackdown LIVE. Get all the latest updates here on The South African in our weekly recap.