On the February 8th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, fans of the 'Yes Movement' received an explanation to a shocking tweet seen earlier in the day.
Daniel Bryan, 34, has officially retired from wrestling. This comes on the heels of a ten-month hiatus due to complications from concussions. Bryan addressed the WWE Universe in his home state of Washington, in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Read excerpts of his farewell below:
“The truth is, I’ve been wrestling since I was 18 years old, and 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 … and then it gets to the point when you’ve been wrestling for 16 years, that adds up to a lot of concussions. [...] Tomorrow morning, I start a new life — a life where I am no longer a wrestler. But that is tomorrow. And that is not tonight. And by damn, I have one more night to feel this energy and to feel this crowd. So if I could just get one more ‘Yes!’ chant, I would really appreciate it.”
The fans, his wife, and the entire WWE locker room obliged in this request.
Daniel Bryan (then known as Danielson) had been in and out of WWE from 2001 to 2010. But it was his return in 2010 (as Daniel Bryan) that left his mark on WWE history. He was never thought to be someone who could succeed in the business due to his small stature when compared to other wrestlers. But he managed to win popularity with the crowd, which led to more WWE wins. His longing to not be considered a weak link made way for the "Yes Movement". Bryan's popularity continued to rise; however, his multiple injuries and concussions continued to plague him, ultimately leading to his retirement.
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Daniel Bryan and we give him one last "Yes" chant.