Selfishly, I'll be bummed out for awhile about this. I know Brian Danielson the person will be better off for retiring due to his concussions, it is just that I will miss the Daniel Bryan character. I will miss that "character" because for the most part it wasn't a character at all, it was just a regular looking dude doing what he loves and the crowd greatly appreciating it.
There are a ton of things that anger me about this situation. First of all, his career got cut way too short. I can't imagine giving up what I love to do at such a young age. The guy is only 34 and hasn't wrestled for the better part of a year. He had the potential to go down as one of the greatest wrestlers the WWE has ever seen. His connection with the audience was genuine and wasn't forced like most of the super stars in the WWE now. Everybody wanted to see Daniel Bryan win the title at Wrestlemania 30 and it was complete jubilation once he did. Except he didn't get that title run he deserved. It was cut short by injury. I believe he only defended the title once, against Kane at Extreme Rules.
Then he comes back and wins the Intercontinental Title at Wrestlemania 31. The WWE was really trying to bring prestige back to that title and Daniel Bryan was the perfect candidate to do so. However, just like with the WWE title, he had to forfeit it due to concussions. There is a valid argument that Daniel Bryan was too reckless and risky in the ring. However, that is what made him great and he had been doing that for so long it is impossible to ask a guy like that to change his style. That is why he connected with the audience so much, he gave it his all every night. No matter what crappy storyline he was a part of or if the WWE only gave the match he was in on Raw a few minutes he made the best of it. Hell, the guy lost at Wrestlemania in a matter of seconds to Sheamus and that may have sparked the so-called "Yes Movement". The WWE universe knew he deserved better and they were not going to take no for answer.
Thank you to Daniel Bryan for renewing my love for wrestling. I'm the type of guy that will watch it even when it is unwatchable, because it is my favorite form of entertainment. However, Daniel Bryan and his climb to the top was the most enjoyable storyline in wrestling in years. I'm bitter because I know he had so much more to offer and would have put on so many more great matches. Yet, I'm grateful I got to see his rise and him capture the title. I'm just always going to be pissed off that his career got taken away from him way too soon.
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