10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Daniel Bryan
5. The WWE Didn’t Initially Believe in Him
While Bryan had many fans abroad and in the ROH, the WWE was slow on the uptake. Many attribute this to Vince McMahon’s reluctance to go all-in on Bryan. Once again, Bryan did not fit the profile for an ideal WWE superstar, and Vince McMahon has a way of saying it’s his way or the highway.
The reluctance was evident in Bryan’s WWE debut, which was a dark match that wasn’t even aired on television. Afterwards, Bryan was basically relegated to the WWE equivalent of a baseball’s AAA team. He moved to Florida to wrestle in the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) league in order to further develop his wrestling skills and acclimate to his new environment.