Professional Wrestler Bryan Danielson Announces Retirement

February 9th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Filed under General, TalkSportsPhilly, Wrestling.

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In the sport of professional wrestling, there are two things that can make you a superstar. You’re ability to “cut a promo”, and entertain an audience through your words. The alternative route, is by amazing an audience with your in-ring work. While there are few in the business that can cut a good promo, there are even fewer who can leave you awe-struck with their work between the ropes. For wrestling fans, Bryan Danielson (Ring Name- Daniel Bryan) was the best of both worlds. Unfortunately for wrestling fans, the best of both worlds has come to a heartbreaking end. Danielson, who has been rumored to be appearing on Raw in his home of Seattle, Washington, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to make a devastating, yet all-too-expected announcement.

The illustrious 17-year career of one of the most talented in-ring workers in history, has come to an abrupt end.

Danielson’s professional wrestling career began back in 1999, when he began training at a wrestling school owned by Dean Malenko. Shortly after Malenko’s school closed down, Bryan found himself being trained by WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. His first big-break in the business came in 2000, when he was signed to the WWE’s then-developmental system in Memphis, Tennessee. That break didn’t last long, as his tenure with WWE ended in July of 2001. For most, that would’ve been a devastating blow. However, Danielson used that as motivation to become a better wrestler. He spent time touring the wrestling promotions in Japan from 2001-2004, but his biggest break was yet to come.

In 2002, the Washington native joined an upstart independent promotion by the name of Ring of Honor. He, along with a few key others, took ROH on their backs and made it into the top independent wrestling promotion in the country. Viewed as one of the “Founding Fathers” in Ring of Honor, Danielson won a total of two championship belts with the promotion. Despite only holding gold twice, it was the quality of Bryan’s matches that made him in the superstar that he became.

Danielson spent eight years from 2002-2009 competing for numerous independent promotions. In August of 2009, he found himself in the spotlight once again, signing a contract with the WWE. He was apart of a controversial storyline, that saw a group of wrestlers known as NEXUS debut on a June 2010 episode of Raw, and dismantle everything. They attacked everyone from wrestler John Cena, to ring announcer Justin Roberts. Unfortunately for Bryan, his “attack” on Roberts was too violent, that it saw him get released from the company. The release wouldn’t last long, as Danielson returned to WWE during the 2010 SummerSlam event, helping Team Cena take on Team Nexus.

In the following five years, Bryan became an extremely polarizing figure in the WWE. Whether it was the “Yes! Movement” or his original “No!” catchphrase, Danielson immediately captured the love and admiration of fans…both inside and outside of the ring.

 

Over the last 22 months though, Bryan has had to deal with a major series of injuries. Following WrestleMania 30 in 2014, Bryan announced that he would be out of action indefinitely, due to a serious neck injury that required surgery. Following almost a year-long absence, Bryan returned in January of 2015 to announce that he had entered the Royal Rumble match. Bryan came up short in the Rumble, but went on to win  the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 31 in March. Not even a month later, Bryan had to relinquish the championship, as a result of a severe concussion that he suffered during a non-televised live event. Little did fans know, that concussion would be the end of “Daniel Bryan”.

26 total championships, 12-time “Slammy” Award winner, and a two-time winner of the Match of the Year honors are only the beginning of Danielson’s career accolades. He’s viewed as one of the greatest technical wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots, and it would be a tragedy if he doesn’t eventually find himself in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Will Daniel Bryan be missed?

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God Speed to you Bryan Danielson, and thank you for an amazing career!

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