For the better part of the last two years, fans have wondered if Daniel Bryan will ever come back to compete in a wrestling ring. Although he has campaigned to get cleared by medical officials for the better part of the last year, it looks like the American Dragon’s in-ring return will never happen.
After shaving his beard over the weekend — his trademark WWE look — and apparently trying to give WWE his 30 days’ notice to leave the company to no avail, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion took to Twitter to formally announce his retirement from wrestling.
Tonight, Monday Night Raw takes place in Seattle, a stone’s throw away from Bryan’s hometown of Aberdeen, WA. He’s expected to make his retirement speech live on the air, unless we are all being massively worked. Please, God let this be a work. Nevertheless, if this is indeed Bryan’s swan song, he retires as one of the most celebrated professional wrestlers in the entire world. He’s a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and is only the 15th “Grand Slam” champion in WWE history. A club headlined by Shawn Michaels, in which he has held the World Championship, Tag team, Intercontinental and United States titles.
As a founding father of Ring of Honor alongside CM Punk, Bryan was a one-time ROH World Champion, as well the final Pure Wrestling Champion (unifying the Pure title with the World title). He’s one of three former ROH superstars (Punk, Seth Rollins) to be a WWE World Champion.
Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 8, 2016
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 7, 2016
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