I think the best thing to do with "That Guy" is throw him into the mix on Smackdown. I would not put him into the World Title picture immediately, I think that would be career suicide for a guy like him. I think start him at the middle card ranks feuding with someone like Drew McIntyre for the Intercontinental Championship. I would leave him in the Intercontinental Championship picture until either the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania where he could win the Royal Rumble or Money in the Bank ladder match and earning a World Title match. I think Danielson needs some time to adjust from being a wrestler to being a superstar, he needs to learn to wrestle less and entertain more. I think he excellent on the mic and he is terrific in the ring, but I think it will take 6 months to a year before we on the creative team feel it is time to put him in the World Title picture where he clearly belongs. Everyone that has been released has been a career middle card worker, that is where there is room in the WWE right now. The Main Event is pretty full.
After the conclusion of NXT, Bryan could feud with the winner, whoever that may be, over who the real NXT winner should be. The WWE Universe has spoken and the Rookie that they felt was the best was "Daniel Bryan" but management felt that his answer was not acceptable and eliminated him. It could be an old fashioned "Corprate Champion vs. People's Champion" storyline like we have been trying to recreate for years.
JUSTIN GABRIEL!! He has the complete package, more so than any other NXT Rookie. He clearly has the look, he women scream for him and he is a former male model. He has a flashy finisher in the 450 Splash. He also fits into the WWE's recent movement to get more international. (Pushes for Sheamus [Ireland], Kofi Kingston [Ghana], Drew McIntyre [UK] ect) since he was born in South Africa. Heath Slater has a look that is too redundant, his ring work is sloppy to say the least, and nothing about him or his gimmick really stick out to me as being a future star in the WWE.
If not Gabriel, David Otunga just for publicity reasons. He is a B-List Celebrity that could draw a lot of attention to the WWE. As a wise man once told me, "Otunga is annoying enough to be a Main Eventer. Fact."
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