|Posted by jammer311 on February 9, 2016 at 12:00 AM|
That's the only word I can say right now. I just watched the Daniel Bryan retirement speech on Raw and it was a very moving speech. It had funny moments, happy moments, and of course, sad moments. But it was a great speech and I don't think any one fan of Daniel Bryan can not be happy with his WWE career.
Let me just say this right now, I was not a Bryan Danielson fan. I actually found him to be quite boring. When it came to Ring of Honor wrestling, I was a Generation Next guy. Alex Shelley, Roderick Strong, and yes, the man who ended Samoa Joe's long reign of being ROH Champion, "A Double" Austin Aries. Those were my guys in ROH. The "American Dragon" guy was just boring to me. I didn't get why fans liked him so much back then.
When I heard that the WWE had signed him years ago, I was kind of shocked. Out of all the ROH talent, Bryan Danielson was the guy they signed? So they had him come in as a part of the NXT show with The Miz as his mentor. I thought that was great. I loved The Miz at that time, he was so arrogant and cool, and made a great US Champion. The internet fans hated it though, feeling that Bryan was better than The Miz, and did not deserve to have him as his mentor. Well people, with the WWE it's not about what you did and how well you wrestle, it's about how you can be a great sports entertainer. And The Miz was just that, a great sports entertainer.
Daniel Bryan won the US Title off The Miz and held it for a while and even then in 2011, seeing Bryan with the US Title just seemed weird to me. Then I found out that he was dating Brie Bella.
I know a lot of the 'internet marks' hate The Bella Twins, because they supposedly can't wrestle, but look at them. They are beautiful girls! And Bryan somehow got Brie to be his own. Incredible.
Daniel Bryan ended up winning a Money In The Bank contract that year - which again, seemed weird to me - and cashed in on the Big Show, just moments after Big Show beat Mark Henry to become World Champion. So Daniel Bryan won the World Heavyweight Title at TLC 2011.
I remember reading the report and I was completely shocked and stunned. So I ended up finally watching it and he started to do this ridiculous "Yes" chant to the crowd. And he kept doing it on Smackdown, and the Royal Rumble, and on Raw, and everywhere he wrestled at.
"YES! YES! YES! YES!" What the hell does that even mean?
But it caught on, and it wasn't supposed to do that. But at Wrestlemania 28, the WWE universe made it well known that "Yes!" was here to stay. And twelve seconds into the match, Sheamus beat Daniel Bryan to become the new World Champion.
It didn't stop there though, fans loved to chant 'yes' to the point where Daniel Bryan started to chant "no" back at them. And the fans would keep chanting 'yes' and Bryan would get more hot and scream back 'no' over and over.
"NO! NO! NO! NO!" Now what the hell does that mean?
I had no idea what was going on with the WWE universe at the time. Shawn Michaels was retired, Edge had to retire from a broken neck, Chris Jericho was doing Fozzy stuff at the time. I felt lost in watching WWE at the time. But then they started to do this anger management thing with Kane, and before you knew it, Kane and Daniel Bryan became Team Hell No, and ended up having a WWE Tag Title reign.
By 2013 though, fans were all chanting "Yes!" Daniel Bryan had a fan following that was unheard of at the time for anyone, and nobody expected little 5'8" 190lbs Daniel Bryan to be the main guy the fans wanted to see as their guy. So at SummerSlam 2013 it happened. Daniel Bryan pinned John Cena to win the WWE Championship.
After that, I finally got it. I got hooked and I became a fan of Daniel Bryan. But it was hard. Because the WWE clearly didn't want anyone to be a fan of Daniel Bryan.
I am kind of going off track here but Vince McMahon, on Raw during Daniel Bryan's speech you were out there, clapping your hands, and doing the "yes" hand gesture and chanting along. But where the hell were you years prior when fans were doing that? You had a chance to have Daniel Bryan be your star, to build him up and have him be the man the fans wanted to cheer, but you were so dead set on making Roman Reigns the guy fans cheered, that you ruined Bryan's career for the past two years. Nobody likes Roman Reigns, I think the fans have made that clear more times than none.
So now, with all that I wrote here, I can say that YES.... I did become a Daniel Bryan fan. It is sad to see him leave wrestling, but I also understand why he is doing it. And trust me fans, he is not gone from WWE TV. You can see Daniel Bryan every Tuesday night on the E! Network with Total Divas. His wife and him are major stars of that show, so it's not like he's been off TV forever.
So with all that being said, thank you, Daniel Bryan. Thank you for giving many fans great memories, and giving those out there who feel that they are too small to be a wrestler, the chance to see that maybe their dreams can come true, just like yours did.