Profile:
  • Name: Daniel Bryan
  • Real Name: Bryan Danielson
  • Date of Birth: May 22, 1981
  • Hometown: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
  • Height: 5'10   
  • Weight: 210 pounds
  • WWE Debut: February 23, 2010
  • Nicknames: "Submission Specialist", "The "Yes!" Man", "King of Beards"
  • Finisher: LeBell Lock / "Yes!" Lock / "No!" Lock
  • Career Highlights: 3-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, 1-time World Heavyweight Champion, 1-time WWE United States Champion, 1-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Kane), 2011 SmackDown! Money in the Bank Winner
  • Slammy Award Wins: Cole in Your Stocking Award for beating up Michael Cole (2010), Tweet of the Year Award (2012), Facial Hair of the Year Award (2012), Upset of the Year Award for beating Big Show and Mark Henry at Royal Rumble (2012), Couple of the Year Award with Brie Bella (2013), Catchphrase of the Year Award for "Yes!, Yes!, Yes!" (2013), Beard of the Year Award (2013), Superstar of the Year Award (2013), Fan Participation of the Year Award for "Yes! Yes! Yes!" (2013)
  • Slammy Award Nominations: Trending Superstar of the Year Award (2012), Betrayal of the Year Award for betraying AJ (2012), WWE.com Exclusive Video of the Year Award for explaining himself as Mr. Small Package (2012), Kiss of the Year Award with AJ (2012), LOL! Moment of the Year Award for anger management sessions with Kane (2012), What A Maneuver of the Year Award for Running Knee Strike (2013), This is Awesome Moment of the Year Award for beating Randy Orton for WWE Championship at Night of Champions (2013)
Biography:
Daniel Bryan is an impressive submission specialist who has competed throughout the American independent circuit as the most popular and top independent wrestler. He has also traveled
extensively in Japan. He has long facial hair and he is proud of his big beard and long hair. He has the WWE Universe behind him chanting "Yes!" for him and he has worked very hard to reach the top tier level of WWE wrestlers, beginning his journey from the most unsuccessful NXT Rookie to one of the top competitors of the company. He had a rough start in WWE as he lost all matches on NXT, but after joining the main roster, Bryan established himself as the most popular WWE superstar through his "Yes!" Movement with the passage of time by winning world heavyweight championships and getting upset victories against John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Big Show, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Kane and many others.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2010 - present)
NXT (2010)
After competing in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), the developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Bryan Danielson joined WWE under the ring name Daniel Bryan. Bryan was introduced into WWE as one of the eight Rookies for WWE's new reality show NXT, with the motive to introduce a new WWE wrestler. The Miz was assigned as Bryan's Pro in NXT Season One. On February 22, 2010 edition of Raw, Bryan debuted on WWE television as a babyface, watching Miz's match in backstage. The following night, on February 23 edition of NXT, Bryan competed in his first WWE match, losing to Chris Jericho.

Bryan's WWE Pro The Miz developed a hatred against Bryan because Bryan lost his first match. Bryan was the most promoted NXT Rookie but with the hatred and jealousy against Miz, Bryan went on to become the most unsuccessful NXT Rookie. However, on March 30 edition of NXT, he was ranked 1st in the first-ever NXT Rankings on the basis of his popularity and crowd support. Later that night, Bryan participated in a Battle Royal to determine the host of April 5 edition of Raw. Bryan was eliminated by Heath Slater. David Otunga won the Battle Royal. On April 12 edition of SmackDown!, NXT Rookies competed against Kane in a Handicap Elimination match. Kane won by disqualification.

Bryan was the only NXT Rookie, who did not win any match throughout the season, losing 10 matches. Bryan feuded with The Miz and commentator Michael Cole, due to Cole berating Bryan in his commentary. On May 10 edition of Raw, Bryan picked up his first victory in a Handicap match. He was on NXT Rookies, consisting of Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield and Michael Tarver, against John Morrison, Goldust, Santino Marella and Yoshi Tatsu. Bryan pinned Marella to get the upset victory and earn his first win. The following night, on May 11 edition of NXT, Bryan was eliminated by WWE management because Bryan did not have confidence in himself to win the competition due to his losing streak.

On June 7 edition of Raw, Bryan joined his fellow NXT Rookies to interfere in a match between John Cena and CM Punk and attack both men. They attacked Cena, Punk as well as commentators, ring announcers and majority of the crew. Bryan felt remorse for his actions, resulting in the NXT Rookies kicking him out of the group. As a result, Bryan disappeared from WWE television.


At SummerSlam, Bryan made his surprise return to WWE television. He was introduced by John Cena as the surprise replacement of The Great Khali on Team WWE against the NXT Rookies, who had renamed themselves into Nexus. Bryan made his pay-per-view debut, as he was on Cena's Team WWE, consisting of Bret Hart, Edge, Chris Jericho, John Morrison and R-Truth against Wade Barrett's Nexus, consisting of David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield and Michael Tarver in an Elimination match. Bryan was eliminated by Barrett after The Miz attacked Bryan with his Money in the Bank briefcase. Team WWE won. Cena survived the match.

Raw (2010 - 2011)
Bryan joined the Raw brand following his return. On August 16 edition of Raw, Bryan competed in his first match as part of the Raw roster, losing to Michael Tarver after Bryan was distracted by The Miz and Alex Riley. Bryan began a rivalry with his former mentor Miz. At Night of Champions, Bryan earned his first championship match in WWE, as he defeated Miz to win the WWE United States Championship, thus winning his first championship in WWE. Bryan successfully defended the championship against John Morrison and The Miz in a Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere match at Hell in a Cell.

On October 11 edition of Raw, Bryan lost to Sheamus in a Team Raw qualifying match for Bragging Rights. The following week, on October 18 edition of Raw, Bryan represented Raw in a Battle Royal. He was eliminated by eventual winner Big Show. Big Show and Edge won the Battle Royal. Bryan began a rivalry with Dolph Ziggler. At Bragging Rights, Bryan defeated Ziggler. Bryan defeated Ziggler in two consecutive rematches on October 25 edition of Raw and October 29 edition of SmackDown!.

Bella Twins began pursuing Bryan's affection as both sisters wanted to have an affair with him and they assisted him at ringside during his matches. Bryan began his next rivalry with Ted DiBiase. At Survivor Series, Bryan successfully defended the WWE United States Championship against DiBiase. The following night, on November 22 edition of Raw, Bryan defeated DiBiase in a King of the Ring qualification match. Bryan became the Pro of NXT Rookie Derrick Bateman in NXT Season Three. On November 29 edition of Raw, Bryan participated in the 2010 King of the Ring Tournament, losing to Alberto Del Rio in the quarter-final round.

At Tribute to the Troops, Bryan participated in a Battle Royal. He was eliminated by Sheamus. Mark Henry won the Battle Royal. Entering 2011, Bryan participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the #2 entrant at Royal Rumble. He lasted twenty minutes until he was eliminated by CM Punk. Alberto Del Rio won the 2011 Royal Rumble. Bryan revealed to Bella Twins that he had been secretly dating Gail Kim. On March 14 edition of Raw, Bryan lost the WWE United States Championship to Sheamus. Bryan's reign ended at 176 days.

At the pre-show of WrestleMania XXVII, Bryan participated in a Battle Royal. He was eliminated by Sheamus. The Great Khali won the Battle Royal. Bryan feuded with Sheamus in attempt to regain the WWE United States Championship but failed to capture the championship. On April 25 edition of Raw, Bryan represented Raw in a Draft Pick Battle Royal. He was eliminated by Kofi Kingston. Bryan was drafted to the SmackDown! brand in the 2011 Supplemental Draft on April 26.

SmackDown! (2011 - 2012)

On May 6 edition of SmackDown!, Bryan competed in his first match as part of the SmackDown! roster, losing to Sheamus. After moving to the SmackDown! brand, Bryan formed an alliance with Sin Cara and feuded with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. At Money in the Bank, Bryan defeated Kane, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater and Sin Cara to win the 2011 SmackDown! Money in the Bank Ladder match to win the Money in the Bank briefcase containing a contract that required Bryan to cash in for a World Heavyweight Championship match anytime and anywhere. Bryan declared that he would cash in his contract at WrestleMania.

After winning Money in the Bank, Bryan began a rivalry with Wade Barrett, which culminated in a match between the two at SummerSlam, which Barrett won. On September 26 edition of Raw, Bryan participated in a Battle Royal for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. He was eliminated by Ezekiel Jackson. Cody Rhodes won the Battle Royal to retain the championship. On October 14 edition of SmackDown!, Bryan participated in a Battle Royal, with the winner earning a championship match of his choice. He was eliminated by Awesome Truth. Randy Orton won the Battle Royal.

After months of mid-card matches, Bryan became involved in Big Show and Mark Henry's rivalry for the World Heavyweight Championship. He became Show's ally and feuded with Henry in attempt to capture the championship. On November 25 edition of SmackDown!, Bryan received his first opportunity for a world championship as he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract against Henry for the championship and defeated him to win the title but Teddy Long reversed the decision and awarded the championship back to Henry after informing that Henry was not cleared to wrestle. Later that night, Bryan defeated Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton and Wade Barrett in a Fatal Four-Way match to become the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. On November 29 edition of SmackDown!, Bryan unsuccessfully challenged Henry for the championship in a Steel Cage match.

AJ became Bryan's girlfriend during Bryan's conquest for the World Heavyweight Championship. At Tribute to the Troops, Bryan defeated Cody Rhodes. At TLC, Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank contract against Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship, right after Show had won the championship from Mark Henry and Henry attacked Show with a chair. Bryan defeated Show to get the upset victory and win the World Heavyweight Championship, thus realizing his dream of reaching to the top of WWE by becoming the top wrestler of the SmackDown! roster, after having dominated in the independent circuit. Bryan finally became a world heavyweight champion after hard-fought matches and struggles.

However, after winning the World Heavyweight Championship, Bryan turned heel. Entering 2012, Bryan successfully defended the championship against Big Show and Mark Henry in a Triple Threat Steel Cage match at Royal Rumble. At Elimination Chamber, Bryan defeated Santino Marella, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Big Show and The Great Khali in the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber to retain the championship. During his reign, Bryan began chanting "Yes!" and renamed his submission maneuver from LeBell Lock to Yes! Lock. At WrestleMania XXVIII, Bryan made his WrestleMania debut as he lost the championship to Sheamus in just eighteen seconds, right after Bryan kissed AJ on the apron. Bryan blamed AJ for the loss and dumped her.

WWE (2012 - present)
The brand extension of Raw and SmackDown! ended after WrestleMania XXVIII. At Extreme Rules, Bryan unsuccessfully challenged Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Two out of Three Falls match. The following night, on April 30 edition of Raw, Bryan won a Beat the Clock Challenge to become the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. At Over the Limit, Bryan unsuccessfully challenged CM Punk for the championship. However, after the match, controversy arose as Bryan made Punk submit to the "Yes!" Lock and Bryan claimed to be the rightful champion on the basis of having made Punk tap out.

Bryan continued his pursuit of the WWE Championship, during which Kane and Bryan's former girlfriend AJ got involved in Bryan's rivalry with CM Punk. AJ teased affairs with both Kane and Punk to taunt Bryan. At No Way Out, Bryan competed against CM Punk and Kane in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship. Punk retained the championship after Kane accidentally attacked AJ. On June 25 edition of Raw, Bryan defeated CM Punk and Kane in a Triple Threat Elimination match. At Money in the Bank, Bryan unsuccessfully challenged Punk for the WWE Championship in a No Disqualification match, with AJ as the special guest referee.

Bryan began pursuing the affections of AJ and the two were to get married until AJ dumped him by refusing to marry him and accepting Mr. McMahon's offer to become the Raw General Manager. On July 27 edition of SmackDown!, Bryan competed against Rey Mysterio, Kane and Alberto Del Rio in a Fatal Four-Way match to determine the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. Bryan's refusal of AJ turned him into an angry man. He lashed at audiences and replaced his "Yes!" chant into the "No!" chant. ADR won the match. Bryan began a rivalry with Kane, which culminated in a match between the two at SummerSlam, which Bryan won, getting the upset victory against Kane.

AJ put rivals Kane and Bryan into an anger management session therapy conducted by Dr. Shellby. The two rivals were put into a tag team. On September 10 edition of Raw, Kane and Bryan defeated Prime Time Players to become the #1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions. At Night of Champions, Kane and Bryan defeated Kofi Kingston and R-Truth to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.

After winning the WWE Tag Team Championship, Kane and Bryan's team was chosen by the WWE Universe as Team Hell No, a combination of Kane's gimmick of a monster from hell and Bryan's chants of "No!". Bryan turned babyface and formed an unlikely partnership with Kane, in which the two would argue with each other after winning their matches over the real tag team champion. Team Hell No began feuding with Team Rhodes Scholars. As a result, Bryan turned babyface. At Hell in a Cell, Hell No retained the WWE Tag Team Championship against Rhodes Scholars by disqualification when Kane attacked both men in the corner. On November 14 edition of Main Event, Hell No defeated Rhodes Scholars to retain the championship.

At Survivor Series, Team Hell No were on Mick Foley's Team Foley, consisting of Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton and The Miz, against Dolph Ziggler's Team Ziggler, consisting of Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, David Otunga and Damien Sandow in a Survivor Series match. Bryan was eliminated by ADR. Team Ziggler won. Ziggler survived the match. Ryback and Team Hell No began a rivalry with The Shield, which culminated in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match between the two teams at TLC, which Shield won.

At Tribute to the Troops, R-Truth and Team Hell No defeated 3MB. Entering 2013, Alberto Del Rio and Team Hell No defeated Big Show and Team Rhodes Scholars in an Elimination match on January 25 edition of SmackDown!. Bryan was eliminated by Show. ADR survived the match. At Royal Rumble, Hell No successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Rhodes Scholars. Later that night, Bryan participated in the 2013 Royal Rumble match as the #21 entrant. He lasted seven minutes until he was eliminated by Antonio Cesaro and Kane. John Cena won the 2013 Royal Rumble.

At Elimination Chamber, Bryan competed against Jack Swagger, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry and Kane in an Elimination Chamber to determine the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. Bryan was eliminated by Henry. Swagger won the match. Team Hell No dominated the tag team division by defeating numerous tag teams to increase their championship reign. At WrestleMania 29, Team Hell No successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston.

Team Hell No feuded with Shield and formed partnerships with Undertaker and John Cena in attempt to end Shield's undefeated streak but failed in accomplishing their mission. At Extreme Rules, Team Hell No lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Shield members Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in a Tornado Tag Team match. Hell No's reign ended at 245 days. Bryan was considered as the weak link of Team Hell No because of losing the championship. At Payback, Randy Orton and Bryan unsuccessfully challenged Shield for the championship, thus ending Team Hell No.

Bryan briefly feuded with Randy Orton after failing to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship. Bryan's career rose to a new level after he began proving that he was not the weak link and his popularity increased within the WWE Universe. At Money in the Bank, Bryan competed against Randy Orton, Rob Van Dam, Christian and Sheamus in the 2013 All-Stars WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder match. Orton won the match.

At SummerSlam, Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship, with Triple H as the special guest referee, thus earning the biggest upset win of his WWE career by pinning Cena. However, after the match, Triple H delivered a Pedigree to Bryan, allowing Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract against Bryan. Bryan lost the championship to Orton. As a result, Bryan began a rivalry with Orton and The Authority for the championship. At Night of Champions, Bryan defeated Orton to win his second WWE Championship. However, the following night, on September 16 edition of Raw, Bryan was stripped off the championship because the referee made a fast count. Bryan's reign ended at just 1 day.

At Battleground, Bryan fought Randy Orton to a no contest for the vacated WWE Championship after Big Show attacked both men and the referee. At Hell in a Cell, Bryan competed against Orton for the vacated championship in a Hell in a Cell match, with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Orton won after Michaels delivered a Sweet Chin Music to Bryan.

Bryan began his next rivalry with Wyatt Family after Wyatts attacked Bryan. At Survivor Series, Bryan teamed with CM Punk to defeat Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of Wyatt Family. Bryan competed against Wyatt Family in a Handicap match in a losing effort at TLC. On December 30 edition of Raw, Bryan defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in consecutive matches and got the right to wrestle Bray Wyatt in an immediate match. Bryan defeated Wyatt by disqualification after Wyatt Family attacked Bryan. Bryan was attacked by the three members of Wyatt Family after the match until he bowed down to Wyatt and joined Wyatt Family. Entering 2014, Bryan quit Wyatt Family on January 13 edition of Raw after Wyatt Family attacked Bryan for being unsuccessful since Bryan joined the group. At Royal Rumble, Bryan lost to Wyatt to end the rivalry.

On January 27 edition of Raw, John Cena, Sheamus and Bryan defeated Shield by disqualification in an Elimination Chamber qualifying match after Wyatt Family attacked Cena. At Elimination Chamber, Bryan competed against Randy Orton, John Cena, Cesaro, Christian and Sheamus in an Elimination Chamber for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bryan was eliminated by Orton for the win after Kane attacked Bryan.

Bryan began a rivalry with Authority leader Triple H, which culminated in a match between the two at WrestleMania XXX to determine the third participant in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match later in the night. Bryan defeated Triple H to qualify for the main event. Later that night, Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista in a Triple Threat match to win his third WWE World Heavyweight Championship (the World Heavyweight Championship had been abandoned and unified into the WWE Championship). Bryan successfully defended the championship against Kane in an Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules.

Bryan suffered a neck injury after Kane delivered a Tombstone Piledriver to Bryan on the steel steps and was out of action. Bryan got married to Brie Bella during this time and the Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon began feuding with Bella after Bella insulted Bryan. At Payback, McMahon threated to fire Bella if Bryan did not surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bella quit WWE herself and Bryan retained the championship. However, on June 9 edition of Raw, Bryan was stripped off the championship due to his neck injury. Bryan's reign ended at 64 days.


Daniel Bryan's WWE Photo Gallery:

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WWE United States Champion
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SmackDown! Mr. Money in the Bank
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World Heavyweight Champion
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Team Hell No
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Daniel Bryan at WWE.com



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