Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The #YesMovement is back!
Daniel Bryan was promoted by WWE as being on the Dec. 29 episode of Monday Night Raw in order to make an important announcement about his career.
Some people were speculating about the worst. Daniel Bryan had one of the most incredible fan-led grassroots movements to make one person a main event star in WWE. It culminated with Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in front of 75,000 people at WrestleMania 30.
As Bryan mentions in the video above, a week after his victory, he married his longtime girlfriend. Then, the negatives started to happen: his father died while Bryan was backstage at a Monday Night Raw episode. Then he injured his neck. He took a month off, to see if he could recover. It was decided that he needed neck surgery and he was stripped of the WWE Championship.
Aside from a couple random appearances here and there, we have not seen Daniel Bryan since May. He was initially scheduled to come back around the end of the summer, but he noted that he wasn't regaining strength in his arms after the surgery. It was being speculated that he would need a second surgery, which would possibly keep him out for a year or longer.
He definitely took the "WWE Universe" on an emotional roller coaster ride with his performance on Monday night. There was a legitimate chance that he needed additional surgeries and that his career could be over.
But, he shocked the audience when he posed the following question: "Is Daniel Bryan's career over?" The answer, of course, was "No." He announced that he was ready to come back and asked a second question: "Is Daniel Bryan in the 2015 Royal Rumble match?" And the answer to that question, to the delight of the fans, was "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
Below is a video that WWE produced for Daniel Bryan as he entered into WrestleMania 30. It shows the evolution of his career and how he got to this point. Below that is Bryan the night after WrestleMania 30, making his first appearance as WWE World Heavyweight Champion.