On Monday, February 8th, professional wrestler Daniel Bryan announced his retirement after suffering several concussions and injuries over the past few years. After being checked out by various world-class doctors, but not receiving the OK from WWE CEO Vince McMahon, Bryan opted to leave the ring. Bryan, a/k/a Bryan Danielson, 34, retired after receiving various honors and opportunities within pro wrestling, including winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship atWrestleMania XXX in 2014. The Aberdeen, Washington native announced his retirement via Twitter.
Bryan’s retirement comes days after Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, announced his retirement from the NFL in a similar fashion. Both talents, in some ways, are leaving in their prime.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
Bryan leaves behind a legacy in the WWE that will be seen for years to come. Arriving in the WWE in 2010, Byran made his mark through the NXT program, which acts/acted as a “minor leagues” of sorts for the company. Bryan brought an unseen attitude in his approach. After being released and rehired, Bryan added more praise to his lengthy resume, beginning with his surprise appearance in a WWE versus NXT match at SummerSlam 2010.
Along with wrestler-turned-MMA-fighter CM Punk, Daniel Bryan arguably helped to open the door for “indie” wrestling talents to achieve greatness within the WWE. In the almost six years since Bryan started his WWE career, the company has seen various “independent” wrestlers, such as Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and more make their mark. NXT talent Sami Zayn spoke on the change brought on by Bryan in a tweet about their respective careers.
— Sami Zayn (@iLikeSamiZayn) February 8, 2016
To Bryan (and Lynch), I say congratulations and thank you for providing us with years of memories, both in professional wrestling and professional football.
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