Bryan Lloyd Danielson is a 39-year-old wrestler from Aberdeen, Washington, who wrestles for the WWE. He performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Daniel Bryan.
Since he was a child, Danielson dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler and in high school, he decided to pursue his dream and set his sights on training at Dean Malenko’s wrestling school in Florida. Unfortunately by the time he went to sign up, the school had closed. Instead, he began training at Texas Wrestling Academy in 1999 under the tutelage of Rudy Gonzalez and Shawn Michaels.
Danielson made his wrestling debut in December 1999 and then began touring in Japan with Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling. Danielson won the TWA Tag Team Championship with Spanky (Brian Kendrick) in March 2000 but they lost the titles a couple weeks later.
While touring the US independent circuit in 2000, Danielson signed a developmental contract with WWF and was assigned to their developmental territory, Memphis Championship Wrestling. During his time with MCW, he won the MCW Light Heavyweight Championship and the MCW Tag Team Championship with Spanky. But after 18 months with the company, he was released from his WWF contract in July 2001.
Bryan began wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling until 2004 and then joined Ring of Honor. In 2009, Bryan returned to WWE as a member of the Nexus faction but his second return to WWE was short-lived. In 2010, Daniel Bryan was fired for being too violent after he strangled ring announcer Justin Roberts with his own necktie.
Bryan returned to the independent circuit briefly but was was re-signed again with the WWE. He made his third return to the WWE at the 2010 SummerSlam when he was named the seventh member of TEAM WWE against the Nexus faction.
In 2013, Daniel Bryan became famous for his “Yes Movement” which he started at Summerslam 2013 after defeating John Cena for the WWE Championship. Immediately following that match, Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to win the title. Daniel Bryan regained the title at Night of Champions but was stripped of it after Triple H declared the count as being too fast. This battle for the belt continued until WrestleMania 30 when Daniel Bryan beat Randy Orton and Batista in the main event of WrestleMania 30 to win the WWE Championship.
In February 2016, Daniel Bryan retired from wrestling due to serious medical concerns. It was revealed that Bryan had suffered numerous concussions and tests revealed he had lesions on his brain. In 2016, Daniel Bryan returned to WWE as the general manager of SmackDown Live and in 2018, he was was medically cleared to compete again.
At WrestleMania 34, Daniel Bryan made his return to in-ring action in a tag team match with Shane McMahon versus Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Bryan and McMahon won the match. At the Greatest Royal Rumble event, Bryan entered as contestant number one and lasted 76 minutes before being eliminated by The Big Show.
On the November 13 episode of SmackDown, Bryan defeated A.J. Styles to win the WWE Championship for the fourth time. Bryan defended his title successfully for 145 days before losing the title to Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 35. In May 2019, Bryan teamed with Rowan and won the vacant SmackDown Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles in July at Extreme Rules to The New Day.
Since then, Daniel Bryan has feuded with various talent and recently defeated Drew Gulak at Elimination Chamber. Following the event, he and Gulak formed an alliance and Gulak helped him get a title match for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 36 which he lost. In a tournament to win the vacant Intercontinental Championship that was vacated by Sami Zayn who took a leave of absence to the pandemic, Daniel Bryan made it to the finals but lost to A.J. Styles.
Birth name: Bryan Lloyd Danielson
Born: May 22, 1981, Aberdeen, Washington, USA
Height: 5′ ft 10″ in (178 cm)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Spouse: Brie Bella
Ring Names: American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, Daniel Bryan, Dynamic Dragon
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finisher(s): LeBell Lock, Yes Lock, Running Knee
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- All Pro Wrestling
- APW Worldwide Internet Championship (1 time)
- King of the Indies (2001)
- All Star Wrestling
- ASW World Mid-Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- ASW World Mid-Heavyweight Title Tournament (2003)
- Connecticut Wrestling Entertainment
- CTWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- East Coast Wrestling Association
- ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Match of the Year (2010)
- Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling
- NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Full Impact Pro
- FIP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Catch Wrestling Alliance
- Expo 2008 Tournament
- International Wrestling Association
- IWA Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Memphis Championship Wrestling
- MCW Southern Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- MCW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- NWA Mid-South
- NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Best of the American Super Juniors (2004)
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- PWG World Championship (2 times)
- Pro Wrestling Noah
- GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ring of Honor
- ROH Pure Championship (1 time)
- ROH World Championship (1 time)
- Survival of the Fittest (2004)
- Texas Wrestling Alliance
- TWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Texas Wrestling Entertainment
- TWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling
- wXw World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ambition 1 (2010)
- World Series Wrestling
- WSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- WWE Championship (4 times)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- Money in the Bank (1 time)
- Match of the Year (2019)
- Twenty-sixth Triple Crown Champion
- Sixth Grand Slam Champion
- Slammy Award (12 times)