No! No! No! That’s what many fans’ signs said during WWE ‘Raw’ on Jan. 8 when Daniel Bryan came out to announce that he would never wrestle again. Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Watch here!
Wrestlers may give off a tough exterior, but the toughest know when to walk away. That was Daniel Bryan. The WWE champ, 34, took to Twitter before Raw to share that after 16 years, he was officially done due to medical reasons. So on Monday night, his hometown anxiously waited his arrival — and did they ever get it!
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“I don’t want to be doing this any more than you don’t want me to be doing this,” Daniel, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, told the crowd in Seattle, his hometown as they chanted “No! no! no!”– the opposite of his traditional entrance motto, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Upon his entrance, he stood, eyes closed for several minutes taking it all in — and letting himself really feel the crowd for the first time. Then, it was time for the tough part — he explained the injuries that had him sidelined.
“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, or here, or there, and it gets to the point when you’ve been wrestling for 16 years that it adds up to a lot of concussions,” he said. “It gets to a point where they tell you that you can’t wrestle anymore.”
He said his brain wasn’t okay anymore and he had a family to thank of — namely, wife Brie Bella. “My and I want to start having kids soon,” he said to fans who began chanting immediately with Yes’s. (He had a quippy response: “That’s what Brie tells me.”)
He also reflected in his feelings — anger, frustration, etc. However, he said that now he feels “nothing but gratitude.” Following his speech, his wife came out to shower him with kisses, then he went over to his mother in the crowd to hug her. Overall, I was crying through the entire thing — as was the rest of the world.
Are you sad to see him go? Do you think he made the right choice? Let us know!