Last week, it was reported that Daniel Bryan had allowed his WWE contract to expire following his match on the April 30 episode of SmackDown with Roman Reigns.
Speaking about the fact that Daniel Bryan is now a free agent and is technically able to wrestle for anyone he wants to right now, Jim Cornette has called the former WWE Champion “tremendous”.
While speaking on his Drive Thru podcast, the former NWA commentator praised Bryan’s work both as a wrestler and a promo, calling his in-ring work “tremendous” and this promos “meaningful”:
“He’s definitely a tremendous in-ring performer, and while all of his promos are not all-time classics, the ones he really believed and really got into, the big one where he was himself, were very, very good and very meaningful.
Despite being full of praise for the former WWE star, Jim Cornette said “it’s not fair” to put Daniel Bryan on the list of all-time box office draws in professional wrestling:
“On a list of all-time box office attractions it’s not fair to put him on it. Because he came along at a time, and was used in a company, where there really was no box office attraction past the company and the package. Yes he’s sold tickets. But was Bryan ever the biggest box office attraction in this business in a calendar year? No. Was he in the top three, four or five? Probably not. Even with his run as WWE champion… Maybe he was by lack of any other draws during that period of time. But the point is, that one big piece of the all-time great puzzle is ‘were you a box office attraction? Did you draw money?’ And almost nobody over the course of the last 15 years apart from John Cena can say that.”
“So you know, for the modern era he’s been tremendous. He’s done fantastic. Over a 125 years I don’t know if we can make that case or not.”
Thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.