WWE fan favourite and former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan has announced he is retiring from wrestling due to medical reasons and will further explain his decision on tonight’s Raw.
The news has obviously been met with disappointment from the WWE fanbase as Daniel Bryan broke the news on Twitter saying: “Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll have a chance to elaborate.
The YES! man made his WWE debut in 2010 as part of the NXT brand and would go on to become United States Champion from The Miz at that year’s Night of Champions.
In 2011, he won the Money in the Bank briefcase and could successfully cash in on the Big Show at TLC to win his first World Heavyweight Championship, which he would lose to Sheamus four months later at WrestleMania 28.
It was at this WrestleMania where Bryan began to win the fans with over 70,000 fans chanting YES in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Bryan would later in the year form an unlikely tag team with Kane, also winning Tag Team gold.
Bryan’s popularity grew throughout 2013 and at the beginning of 2014, WWE faced fan backlash at the Royal Rumble when Batista won the Royal Rumble match and the popular Bryan did not even feature in the match.
WWE caved into fan pressure and after he defeated Triple H in the opening match at WrestleMania XXX, the YES! man would leave New Orleans the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion overcoming Randy Orton and Batista in a Triple Threat match.
However, his reign would end prematurely in May and subsequently underwent neck surgery. He would return in time for the Royal Rumble in 2015 but it was deja vu for the fans when Bryan did not emerge victorious from the Royal Rumble match.
Bryan would go onto WrestleMania 31 to claim the Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder match but the YES! man suffered a reoccurrence of his neck injury and would once again have to vacate his title.
With John Cena, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton all currently out injured, many wondered if Bryan would return to the WWE in time for WrestleMania 32 but with WWE doctors unwilling to clear Bryan for a return to the ring, Bryan has decided his own fate.
It is a real shame it has ended like this but it does not come as a surprise. It is a big blow for both Bryan and the WWE and I wish Daniel Bryan all the best with whatever the future holds for him.
Several WWE Superstars and Divas reacted to the news on social media.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) February 8, 2016
Selfishly. I always wanted 1 more, DB! I’m no mark for titles, etc. but us “not quite ready for prime time players”
— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) February 8, 2016
— The Big Guy (@Ryback22) February 8, 2016
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) February 8, 2016
— Sami Zayn (@iLikeSamiZayn) February 8, 2016
Congrats on an incredible career. Glad I was able to be there for it. An honor to share the ring w/ u. https://t.co/gpBl40n53T
— The Miz (@mikethemiz) February 8, 2016