10 Superstars who let power corrupt them

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August 30, 2012

Daniel Bryan

This perpetual underdog shocked the world not once but twice in 2011: first, at Money in the Bank when he defeated seven Superstars to claim the coveted Money in the Bank contract, and later, at WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs when he cashed in said contract on a vulnerable Big Show to claim the World Heavyweight Championship. Everyone assumed the hardscrabble Daniel Bryan would wear the legendary “Big Gold Belt” with honor and respect, but the title instead went straight to the submission technician’s head. Bryan was quick to talk up his own skills, screaming “YES!” upon picking up a victory of any kind, even via count-out or disqualification. In fact, by the time his reign was over, Bryan had canonized himself as one of the best Superstars in WWE (“I DEFEATED TWO GIANTS IN A STEEL CAGE!”), one of the most prolific submission specialists of all time (“Who did Gene LeBell ever beat?”) and, of course, the world’s greatest lover.

You’d think Bryan’s ego would subside after losing the championship to Sheamus in 18 seconds at WrestleMania XXVIII, but in fact, the opposite occurred: The clout that Bryan had achieved upon winning the title continued to go to his head, transforming him into an irate egomaniac whose narcissism is, scarily enough, only matched by his talents in the ring. Just don’t mention goats around him, or he might just get angry.

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