In storyline, we've recently seen Daniel Bryan take a turn to calling out John Cena, his opponent at SummerSlam on Sun., Aug. 18, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, for being an entertainer more than a wrestler. It's not exactly groundbreaking stuff, as many have harped on the same points during feuds with the current WWE champion.
But in an awesome interview with SkySports.com, Bryan goes out of his way to admit to the fact that Cena is actually a pretty damn good wrestler in his own right when asked if Cena gets enough credit for his skills in the ring:
"It depends on how you define 'credit'. He's been the top guy for the last 10 years! But there's a sense that people question his wrestling ability and I don't think that's accurate. If you look at the matches he's put on, he's been part of great matches. Even his match with Mark Henry at 'Money in the Bank' was a fantastic match. You know, people are saying he's not this great wrestler, but for someone who's not a great wrestler he's sure had some great matches! I don't think that's a fair assessment of him."
In many ways, Bryan is representing the smark side of the WWE fan base, the one who touts the independent wrestling scene for its vast array of actual wrestling talent promoted over the cartoon world Cena is the leader of. In that respect, it's almost refreshing to see him give Cena the proper credit for his history of strong matches in big spots.
Maybe everyone else will jump on board and do the same.