Well, there's certainly no doubt that Daniels doesn't give it his all athletically in PWG these days. No crazy bumps, doesn't even bring out much of his offense... it'd be accurate to say that he's coasting. However, a wrestler can do that and still bring a lot to the table. Daniels sometimes does.
When Daniels commits to wrestling a comedy match (vs. Danielson in BOLA, in the 12/17 8-man), he's real good at it, and he genuinely adds something to a PWG show. When he tries to mix comedy with spot wrestling (vs. Bosh in August, vs. Frankie in November), it really falls flat, for two reasons:
1) His wrestling is very smooth and almost robotic -- it's exactly wrong for comedy wrestling. He's not like Bosh or Tornado, who can be funny mid-spot -- he's either in comedy mode or wrestling mode at any given moment.
2) He doesn't work hard enough to get the highspot/comedy PWG hybrid style over. He'll wrestle a story-free highspot-based match, but he won't include the highspots.
The best part of the Bosh match at "SLSS" was the build-up to the dick punch. Was funny, was involving, was satisfying. The whole match should've been that way -- Bosh going for it early, Daniels working the hand to try and prevent it, etc. Could've been a great, weird, funny match. Instead it was three minutes of wackiness mixed with some generic serious wrestling. Just not a satisfying combo.
In contrast, Daniels gave an awesome comedy performance in the "Astonishing" 8-man, because he chose a story point and stuck to it (being the harried leader of a bunch of jagoffs). He didn't go into five-minute spot sequence and drop the comedy -- he worked here and there, but stayed focused on the goal of being a funny heel traffic cop. Worked great.
I don't have a problem with Daniels not busting his ass physically at PWG shows -- I get why he does it from a business perspective, and he has the talent to entertain without it. I just wish he'd commit to the idea of not wrestling serious, physical matches -- if he'd just stick to funny story matches, he'd be a real asset every time out.[/i]