Daniel Bryan is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Daniel Bryan. Similarly, in WWE, Bryan has held the WWE Championship four times and WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship once.
In addition to being a one-time United States Champion, a one-time Intercontinental Champion. Similarly, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion as part of Team Hell No (with Kane), and a one-time SmackDown Tag Team Champion (with Rowan). Moreover, he was also the 2011 SmackDown Money in the Bank winner, the 2013 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner and the SmackDown General Manager from July 18, 2016 to April 10, 2018. Bryan is the 26th Triple Crown Champion and the 15th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history and headlined several major pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania XXX.
Bryan Lloyd Danielson was born on May 22, 1981, in Aberdeen, Washington, the son of a lumberjack and a therapist. His parents got divorced when he was young. During his childhood, Danielson was shown a professional wrestling magazine by a friend and since became a fan of wrestling. He considered himself antisocial in high school but competed in sports such as American football.
Danielson has cited a number of wrestlers as influences to his style including Toshiaki Kawada, Mitsuharu Misawa, and William Regal. Moreover, he has also made mention of modeling his wrestling on that of Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit in his early career, then using Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a platform to develop his own style.
Early career (since 1999–2000)
During his sophomore year of high school, Danielson decided to pursue a pro wrestling career and attempted to train at Dean Malenko’s wrestling school in Florida. However, by the time he graduated from school in 1999, Malenko’s school had closed down. Following a friend’s suggestion, he instead began training under Rudy Gonzalez and veteran wrestler Shawn Michaels at the Texas Wrestling Academy (TWA) in San Antonio, Texas.
After his wrestling debut in December 1999, Danielson toured Japan with Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW). Alongside Lance Cade, a fellow trainee from the TWA. And they competed in several tag team matches. Similarly, he won the TWA Tag Team Championship with Spanky in March 2000, but they dropped the titles back to Jeremy Sage and Ruben Cruz two weeks later.
Professional wrestling career
While touring the country’s independent circuit, Danielson was signed to a developmental deal by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Similalry, to work in their developmental system and was assigned to Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW). There he gained exposure and was trained by WWF competitor William Regal. And whom he credited as being instrumental in the development of his career. During this time, he adopted his moniker of the “American Dragon”.
WWF severed its ties with MCW in 2001, but not before Danielson won the MCW Light Heavyweight Championship and the MCW Tag Team Championship with Spanky.
Similarly, in 2013, Danielson recorded the voice for the character Daniel Bryrock in the animated film The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! Later, on July 21, 2015, Danielson published an autobiography entitled Yes: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania which was co-written by Craig Tello.
Danielson was one of the judges on the sixth season of Tough Enough. After his relationship with Brie Bella became a regular feature on E! Network reality series Total Divas, he became part of the cast of the spin off series Total Bellas.
Similarly, on April 6, 2016, nearly two months after Danielson’s retirement, Bella also semi-retired. And from wrestling in order to start a family with him. They have a daughter named Birdie Joe Danielson (born May 9, 2017).
In 2009, Danielson relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he began training in MMA at Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture gym. He was also roommates with Xtreme Couture’s head grappling trainer, Neil Melanson.
Danielson became a vegan in 2009 after suffering from elevated liver enzymes and several staph infections. That same year, Mayor Micah Cawley of Yakima, Washington declared January 13 “Daniel Bryan Day”.
Later that year, Danielson explained that he was no longer a vegan due to his inability. And that was to find vegan food while traveling with WWE. He later elaborated that he had developed a soy intolerance and could not find enough non-soy vegan food. But he still keeps a mostly vegan diet on the road. In 2018, it was reported that both he and his wife are vegetarians. Danielson has stated that he has vitiligo.
- Birth name: Bryan Lloyd Danielson
- Date of Birth: May 22, 1981
- Age: 39
- Birth Place: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
- Spouse(s): Brie Bella (m since 2014)
- Children: 2
- Relatives: Nikki Bella (sister-in-law), John Laurinaitis (stepfather-in-law)
- Ring name(s): American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, Daniel Bryan, Dynamic Dragon
- Billed height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
- similarly Billed weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
- Billed from Aberdeen, Washington
- Trained By: Rudy Boy Gonzalez, Shawn Michaels, Texas Wrestling Academy
- Debut: since 1999
- Books: Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania
- Net Worth: $8 million
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