Though the former "Fallen Angel" is now remembered as one of the top names on the Indies never to be given a run with the WWE that isn't entirely true. As if we look back to the late 1990's specifically 1998 the WWE actually signed Daniels to a developmental deal and would keep Chris around an enhancement talent. However, a story that not many fans know is that during his stay in developmental his training was going well & WWE management was impressed with him enough at the time to consider giving him a push. The main roster spot that Daniels was up for is a spot in the stable led by Gangrel & the stable would also include Edge.
However, based on input from Edge the WWE selected Christian instead to be the third member of The Brood and the rest as they say is history. But one can't help but wonder how different Daniels career would've been had he stayed with the WWE and got this main roster spot. Hindsight I think the WWE made the right decision as Edge & Christian had the track record of already established chemistry to build off and they wouldn't have had to start from square one like Daniels & Edge. Now it is very known that The Brood was designed to be a springboard for Edge so I don't know if Daniels would've been given the opportunity to succeed in WWE either way.
Looking the career Daniels has put together for himself though especially his success in the tag team division, I don't think this should be looked at as anything more than another what if situation. The one thing I will point out is that honestly had Daniels remained with WWE I don't think he would've become as big a star in TNA & ROH like he has become. In reality I guess that is the blessing in a sea of "what ifs."
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