Undoubtedly one of the most beloved superstar of the last decade. No underdog had a bigger impact on WWE Universe than Bryan did in his short but impactful career. After spending time in companies like Ring of Honor when he arrived at Vince McMahon’s big league, least was expected from him and everyone dared to bet on him.
The reason behind this was the fact that he was not exactly what WWE had traditionally been looking for. He was not the biggest guy in the locker room, nor he was even fleshy. He was just a hard-working guy and with his arrival, he brought the never say die attitude with him in the main roster.
He eventually proved his critics wrong through hard work and determination. His path to the fame was not easy for obvious but to his credit, he had managed to get rid of every obstacle in his way. Along the way, he earned a tremendous fan following and the reputation of a workhorse who will not back down from any situation. Here’s listing the top 5 moments from his historic career.
Special mention: Hug it out with tag team partner “Hell No”
That was the most bizarre moment when Kane and Daniel Bryan was part of the Hell No tag team and used to chant “I am the tag team champions”. It was perhaps a risky move for WWE; after all, Kane had always been portrayed as the unstoppable monster and to imagine him as a funnyman could have backfired. In a moment when they decided to hug it out to show all of their hatred created one of the funniest moment in the history of WWE and in a bigger perspective Team Hell No became the vehicle Bryan needed to propel him to the next level.
Returning at Summerslam 2010
Bryan debuted as the part of the Nexus but WWE was not willing to create a negative publicity with him and so he was let go from the company for attacking announcer Justin Roberts. After two months Bryan returned to the company at SummerSlam as part of Team WWE against Team Nexus and created the greatest impact by eliminating two of the members of the opponent. From that moment, the crowd began to appreciate what Bryan brought to the table every time he stepped into the ring.
Winning the World Heavyweight championship at TLC 2011
The world heavyweight championship was a trial run in many cases for rising WWE superstars, a way for the company to see how a guy looked in a top role. Can he handle the pressure, and worthy to be in the top of the roster? Everything came as positive in Bryan’s case and that was the first move from WWE to bring him into the top level from the mid-card level.
Pairing with AJ Lee
WWE superstars are paired with managers, valets, especially when he is not sufficient with the mic but is booked to become the top bill. That was the same thing when Bryan was paired with AJ Lee and it worked as magic. At first, it did not make sense but it made complete sense once fans saw them together on the air considering that AJ was still that sweet and innocent girl being manipulated by the controlling Bryan.
Defeating John Cena at Summerslam 2013
It was for one night only when the franchise Cena squared off against hand-picked opponent Bryan and we saw the birth of the main eventer, Daniel Bryan. That birth came as a result of Triple H’s betrayal and Randy Orton’s subsequent Money in the Bank cash-in that shortened his celebrating moments. With that move came the Authority and his long road to Wrestlemania 30. Cena was going out with injury and needed to pass the belt to someone hot favorite and Bryan just drew the ire of WWE fans like no one could have done.
Winning WWE World heavyweight championship at Wrestlemania 30
As it is said for his mentor Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon quoted the same words “The boyhood dream comes true” when he reached to the top of the mountain not only by winning the WWE world heavyweight championship but also defeating Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton on the same night. After working day in and day out in the Indies, Bryan had the dream to be the top guy in the wrestling world and he accomplished it in such a way that no one did it before and better. It was a true defying moment in his career as well as an example to the smallest guys of the wrestling world, that they too can dominate the industry.