WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan has retired

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Wrestling isn’t fake. It’s just pre-determined. It may be sports entertainment, but putting your body through daily power-bombs, ladder matches and Five-Knuckle Shuffles takes a toll. Just ask former superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart and Edge about their in-ring injuries, and they’ll toss a list at you that would read like the torture list of a new SAW movie.

And former champ Daniel Bryan will be comparing scars soon enough, as the master of the YES! chant just announced his retirement. Bryan first announced his decision to leave the WWE on Twitter:

After which he closed out an episode of Monday night RAW by revealing that his in-ring career is over. It’s not too surprising at this point. Bryan had been out of action after another concussion forced him to relinquish his Wrestlemania 30, WWE and World Heavyweight Championship wins in 2014 so that he could undergo some much needed neck surgery. As of April last year, another concussion-related injury sidelined him, forcing him to once again hand over a championship, the Intercontinental belt this time.

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That’s most likely the straw that broke the camel’s back, as the WWE was hesitant to bring back Bryan for another push. That, and their determination to make audiences love Roman Reigns, the WeChat of WWE superstars. C’mon dammit, why won’t you people support Reigns already. C’maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! And probably also being forced to appear on WWE’s Total Divas series. That’s enough to make even the toughest of wrestlers tap out.

“Within the first five months of my wrestling career, I’d already had three concussions. For years after that, I would get a concussion here and there, or here, or there, and it gets to the point when you’ve been wrestling for 16 years that it adds up to a lot of concussions,” Daniel said on RAW via Screengrabber.

It gets to a point where they tell you that you can’t wrestle anymore.

I have loved this in a way that I have never loved anything else. But a week and a half ago I took a test that said maybe my brain wasn’t as OK as I thought it was. And I have a family to think about, and my wife and I want to start having kids soon.

I’ve been angry, I’ve been said, I’ve been frustrated, and all that. But when I woke up this morning, I felt nothing but gratitude.

You guys got behind me in a way that made me feel like I was more than just me. And for that, I’m grateful.

Considered one of the very best in-ring performers, Bryan may not have been built like a 7ft tall muscle mountain but his skill and technique made him a favourite in the industry. Alongside that catchy YES! YES! YES! chant of his, it was impossible to not like the fella, especially when he was putting on Wrestlemanina-quality matches every time he stepped into a ring

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Last Updated: February 9, 2016

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Daniel Bryan was awesome to watch in the ring. They wasted so much of his talent there too when they made him a joke character.

    No, let’s push Bore-man Bore-ns and let Bore-tista & Triple Bore win the Rumble.

    • Hammersteyn

      Agreed, he wasn’t big enough or tall enough for their liking

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Cruiser weights are the most exciting wrestlers to watch. No, let’s watch John Cena vs Big Show for the umpteenth time. Yayyyyyyyyyyy. Don’t forget to buy your John Cena Fruity Pebbles t-shirt. No wonder I don’t watch it any more. NXT was the only wrestling worth watching before ETV stopped showing it.

        • Hammersteyn

          At least AJ Styles is now part of WWE. Well for the next six months till the creative department tucks him away and he eventually disappears into obscurity

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Exactly –

            Guys, rather watch Lucha Underground!!!

    • You’re a joke character with as much story as DS!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        How dare you, just read my item description!

        “Open other side”…. well, shit.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I can’t believe they let Triple Bore win the title again. Next they’re probably going to bring back Randy Boredom as well.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Don’t remind me. Watching the same few moves get repeated every week in the same order is so exciting. Even the freaking commentary is the same. Are they given checklists before the show?

  • Commander Admiral Chief
  • Who is Daniel Bryan and what ever happened to Hulk Hogan.

    Yes the last time I watched Wrestling it was still WWF and Madiba was not president yet. 🙂

    • BakedBagel

      He is currently Lifting Gawker.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Hulk Hogan is close to delivering a leg drop on those jabronis from Gawker.

  • The Sten

    Having two firstnames and no surmane must be so wierd…

  • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!
  • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

    Daniel Bryan was cool. I do like Reins though, but I think perhaps Ambrose is a better personality to market? Overall, WWE has a lack of “characters” at the moment to get behind. Nobody seems really bankable to me…only the disliked guys seem to properly fit their role, none of the “goodies”…

  • Charl van der Merwe

    haha “It’s not fake, just predetermined” Must be the most demoralizing feeling that no matter how Strong, tough or fit you are, or how much you train,you are not in control of your own success through skill, but through entertaining thousands of screaming douche bags in the crowd.

    And btw, for what it’s suppose to be representing, which is meant to be a sport called “wrestling”, it is super fake.

    • DGenerationMC

      Well, just say it’s entertainment like a sensible human being and call it a day.

      Ease up on the arrogance, bud. We get it. You don’t watch wrestling or particularly care for it so you feel you’re above some people.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      That’s a bit like life, isn’t it?

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    All hail the American Dragon!

    Hopefully AJ Styles will be able to take up the mantle of the “small guy who takes the WWE title”, but then this is the WWE. They’re probably going to bury Styles and Samoa Joe on Smackdown.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Probably, they’ve already done that to Paige, Sasha Banks and the rest of the awesome female wrestlers. Imagine going from amazing main event matches to 5-minute hair pulling contests. Instant job satisfaction right there.

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