Sad news today for fans in the squared circle. WWE superstar Daniel Brian real name Bryan Danielson announced that effective immediately he will be retiring from wrestling due to medical reasons.
Best known for his long beard and hair, Bryan was considered one of the best technical wrestlers in the world. Fans embraced Bryan as an underdog and his popular “Yes!” chants are often used during non-sporting events around the world. Bryan is married to fellow WWE wrestler Brie Bella and their relationship is heavily featured on the E! reality show Total Divas.
Bryan’s retirement ends nearly a yearlong standoff with the WWE over his wrestling future. WWE doctors allegedly refused to medically clear him because of his concussion history and the WWE has reportedly offered him several non-wrestling jobs within the company. It’s unclear whether Bryan will move on from the WWE or stay on as an announcer, coach or manager.
Bryan will address the WWE Universe tonight at RAW, which is taking place in his hometown of Seattle, Washington.