The Daniel Bryan Ultimate Guide
As the Superbowl equivalent of pro Wrestling (Wrestlemania 30) came to its end, the most coveted prize
every Pro wrestler has been aspiring for – the WWE World Heavyweight Championship – is raised over
his head by WWE’s most famous superstar. He is no other than Daniel Bryan, who is clearly ecstatic
chanting “YES!” along with every single person in the stadium.
Bryan Daniels’ journey to his 4th
world championship belt wasn’t a fast or an easy one. He endured years
of perseverance and training, failures and injuries, and struggles just to keep his career afloat.
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Real name: Bryan Danielson
DOB: May 22, 1981
Weight: 210 lbs. (95kg)
Bryan first trained under the tutelage of Pro Wrestling Superstar Shawn Michaels at the Texas
Academy in 1999.
Debuted in Michaels’ promotion Texas Wrestling Alliance and on March 21, 2000.
William Regal, Toshiaki Kawada, and Mitsuharu Misawa were credited by Danielson as being
instrumental in the development of the latter’s fighting style and career.
It was during his training at Memphis Championship Wrestling where adapted the moniker
During his stint in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), he wore a red, white, and blue mask
reminiscent of a dragon and amplified his “American Dragon” persona.
In 2001 Bryan became one of the key wrestlers at the heart of independent wrestling
organization Ring of Honor.
His entrance song during his stint at ROH was “The Final Countdown”.
In September 2005, Bryan finally captured the ROH World Championship.
In August 2006, he unified the ROH World Championship with the ROH Pure Championship.
In the early months of 2007 despite recovering from various injuries, he would headline ROH’s
first ever pay-per-view event Respect Is Earned.
Left his beloved Ring of Honor at the end of September 2009; winning his final match against
Englishman, Nigel McGuinness.
Signed with the biggest wrestling company in the world--- WWE.
In February 2010, he appeared in the new NXT television show, a reality TV version of wrestling,
where “rookies” engage their opponents in silly challenges to impress the judges and,
ultimately, win a permanent WWE contract.
The NXT show’s objective was to introduce these new wrestlers they invaded an episode of
Monday Night RAW in mid-June 0f 2010, where they tore the ring apart in front of a live
Unfortunately, it also led to Bryan being fired from WWE for being “too violent” on national
He was called back to WWE again in August of 2010 and took part in the Summerslam main
In September, Bryan defeated The Miz and grabbed the United States Championship, his first
championship in WWE.
Managed to successfully cash in his Money In The Bank contract to win the World Heavyweight
Championship in December of 2010.
Had several injuries including multiple shoulder separations, torn tendons and even a detached
retina on his way to the first biggest event of his career--- Wrestlemania XXVIII.
It was in Wrestlemania XXVIII (2011) where Bryan experienced his shortest reign as a world
champion( 18 seconds); in which he lost to Shaemus after getting distracted by a kiss with on-
screen girlfriend AJ.
2012 was incredible for Bryan for most ways. Albeit losing his World Heavyweight Championship
match, he spent 3 months feuding and having excellent matches with WWE champion CM Punk,
with whom he had a brief history in RoH.
Two former independent wrestlers gunning for the world title was a hardcore wrestling fan’s
After attending “Anger management” classes under Dr. Shelby, Daniel Bryan teamed up with
pyromaniac monster Kane and won the WWE Tag Team Championships in September 2012.
This was the birth of Team Hell NO.
Bryan would end 2012 having wrestled the second most television and PPV matches in the
company with 90 contests in all.
The “YES Movement” started after Daniel Bryan won his first WWE Championship. He began
shouting “YES!” on his way to the ring and after defeating an opponent.
The chant grew in popularity even transcending to other major sports events like the MLB, NHL,
and the NBA games. The “YES Movement” entered popular culture as teams and organizations
have been using the chant from 2013 until this day.
Bryan and Kane lost the Tag Team Championship in May of 2013, but at 245 days they hold the
fourth longest reign in history.
Bryan, also dubbed as the Yes/No Man has gained a huge amount of popularity that John Cena
chose to co-headline with him at Summerslam in September of 2013.
He would go on to defeat Cena cleanly and win his first championship.
But in a twist of fate like the previous year, he would lose his belt almost immediately thanks to
special guest referee Triple H, who attacked Daniels allowing Randy Orton to win the belt from
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2014 has been a year of build and anticipation for Daniel Bryan. A storyline in mid-January which saw
Bayou-dwelling hillbilly cult The Wyatt Family dominating and enslaving Daniel Bryan concluded with
possibly Daniel Bryan’s loudest crowd support ever.
Reaching the Peak
On January 2014, Bryan Daniels teamed up with John Cena and Sheamus to defeat the Shield via
On March 10 Raw, Bryan and multiple fans occupied the ring forcing a furious Triple H to agree
with Bryan for a match in Wrestlemania XXX.
The agreement included a stipulation that the winner would be inserted to the WWE World
Heavyweight Championship match.
At Wrestlemania XXX, Daniels defeated Triple H and was inserted into the title match.
Despite suffering an injured shoulder, he went into the main event and defeated Randy Orton
He won the WWE Heavyweight Championship by making Batista tap out to the “Yes Lock”.
The Birth of a New Era
Daniel Bryan went through a lot of adversities to reach superstardom. He faced a lot of embarrassment
from the company. He was booked to lose matches against far more inferior opponents. He received
tons of criticism about his independent roots from other wrestlers. It was his popularity and the support
of his fans which forced the company to take him seriously.
Bryan’s popularity has gradually expanded to previously unbelievable levels where young and old of all
sexes, colors, creeds relate to his universality, his charisma, his passion, attitude, and most importantly,
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Daniel Bryan is a huge Frank Turner fan. The latter’s album Love, ire, and Song is one of the
former’s favorite album of all time.
Daniel Bryan is a fan of indie rock music and recorded a single with Kimya Dawson to give tribute
to wrestling legend “Captain Lou Albano”
Daniel Bryan used Jujutsu as a platform to develop his style.
He served as the head trainer in RoH Wrestling Academy from 2005-07
Daniel Bryan became a vegan in 2009 after routine health check-ups revealed high liver
enzymes. In 2012 PETA awarded him a Libby Award for being the “Most Animal-Friendly
Athlete”. In September 2012, he revealed he is no longer a vegan due to his inability to find
vegan food while travelling on the road for WWE.
He also claimed to suffer from vitiligo, a pigmentation disorder of the skin.
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<group1> Finishing Moves
As Daniel Bryan
LeBell Lock/Yes! Lock/ No! Lock <
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As Bryan Danielson/ American Dragon
Bridging dragon suplex
Cattle mutilation/ Arms Across America
Crossface chicken wing, sometimes with body scissors
Double wrist clutch to a grounded opponent
LeBell Lock/ Omoplata crossface
Multiple elbow strikes to the side of the head while opponent is in crucifix position
<group 2> Nicknames
"The American Dolphin”, “The American Dragon”, “The Beard", "The Best Wrestler in the World"
"The Dagger", "The Dazzler", "G.O.A.T." (Greatest Of All Time), "King of Beards", "The Master of
the Small Package", "Mr. Money in the Bank", "Mr. Small Package", "The Submission Specialist",
"The "Yes!" / "No!" Man"
<group 3> Entrance themes
"Self Esteem" by The Offspring (Independent circuit)
"Obsession" by Animotion (Independent circuit)
"The Final Countdown" by Europe (Independent circuit/ROH)
"The Rage (WWE Edit)" by Jim Johnston (WWE; August 15, 2010 – September 13, 2010)
"Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner (WWE; September 20, 2010 – July 29, 2011)
"Big Epic Thing" by Jim Johnston (WWE; August 5, 2011 – November 4, 2011)
"Flight of the Valkyries" by Jim Johnston (WWE; November 11, 2011–present)
<Group 4> World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE Awards
World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
WWE Championship/WWE World Heavyweight Championship (3 times, current)
WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kane
WWE United States Championship (1 time)
Money in the Bank (SmackDown 2011)
Slammy Award for Cole in Your Stocking (2010) – attacking Michael Cole on NXT
Slammy Award for Shocker of the Year (2010) – the début of The Nexus
Slammy Award for Tweet of the Year (2012) –--"Goat face is a horrible insult. My face is
practically perfect in every way. In fact, from now on I demand to be called Beautiful
Slammy Award for Facial Hair of the Year (2012)
Slammy Award for Upset of the Year (2012) – Defeating Mark Henry and Big Show at Royal
Slammy Award for Couple of the Year (2013) – with Brie Bella
Slammy Award for Catchphrase of the Year (2013) – YES! YES! YES!
Slammy Award for Beard of the Year (2013)
Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year (2013)
Slammy Award for Fan Participation of the Year (2013) – YES! YES! YES!