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Bryan Danielson

Bryan Danielson

Aberdeen, Washington
Bryan Lloyd Danielson
Height & Weight:
210 Ib

Titles Won:

  • WWE Championship/WWE World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
  • World Heavyweight Championship
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship
  • WWE Tag Team Championship – with Kane
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship – with Rowan
  • WWE United States Championship
  • Money in the Bank (SmackDown 2011)
  • 26th WWE Triple Crown Champion
  • 15th WWE Grand Slam Champion
  • ROH Pure Championship
  • ROH World Championship
  • ROH Hall of Fame (2022)

In WWE, Bryan 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, and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion as part of Team Hell No (with Kane).

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 2016 to April 2018. Bryan is the 26th Triple Crown Champion and the 6th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history and headlined several major pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania XXX.

Danielson was previously signed to the WWE, then known as the WWF, for an 18-month period from 2000–2001. Prior to joining WWE for his second stint in 2009, Danielson wrestled for various companies internationally using both his real name and the ring name American Dragon, which would later be his nickname. David Shoemaker of ESPN’s Grantland noted that Danielson “was widely regarded as the best wrestler in the world before he got the call-up from WWE”.

He wrestled for Ring of Honor (ROH) from 2002 to 2009, being recognized as a “Founding Father” of the promotion, where he was a one-time ROH World Champion as well as the final Pure Wrestling Champion (unifying the Pure title with the World title). He was the first winner of ROH’s annual Survival of the Fittest tournament in 2004.

Danielson also wrestled extensively in Japan, winning the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship in Pro Wrestling Noah and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (with Curry Man) in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Between WWE, ROH and Japanese promotions, he held a dozen total championships. Danielson also won numerous titles on the independent circuit, including two PWG World Championships, the FIP Heavyweight Championship and the wXw World Heavyweight Championship.

From May 2014 to December 2014 and from April 2015 to March 2018, Bryan was either injured or recovering from injury. In February 2016, Danielson retired from professional wrestling due to medical issues (including seizures) arising from multiple concussions and a brain lesion. That July, he became the SmackDown General Manager following the return of the brand extension. On March 20, 2018, Bryan was formally cleared to return to in-ring competition and had his in-ring return at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, and regained the WWE Championship for the first time in four years later that November.

From 2019 onward, Daniel Bryan spent much of his time helping talent like Drew Gulak, while rarely challenging for the Universal Championship on SmackDown. In 2021, he was unsuccessful in a triple threat match at WrestleMania against Roman Reigns and Edge. Shortly after, he took time away from the ring. At AEW All Out 2021, now going by his former name Bryan Danielson, he made his AEW debut after the main event.

Notable Feuds: vs. The Authority, vs. Nigel McGuinness, vs. The Miz, vs. Mark Henry, vs. CM Punk, vs. Kane, vs. Roman Reigns, vs. AJ Styles vs. Kofi Kingston

Other Notable Achievements

PWG World Championship (2 times)

ROH Survival of the Fittest (2004)

APW Worldwide Internet Championship

King of the Indies (2001)

ASW World Heavy Middleweight Championship

ECWA Tag Team Championship – with Low Ki

Evolve Match of the Year (2010) vs. Munenori Sawa on September 11

NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Championship

FIP Heavyweight Championship

IWA Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship

MCW Southern Light Heavyweight Championship

MCW Southern Tag Team Championship – with Spanky

NWA Mid-South NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship – with Curry Man

Best of the American Super Juniors (2004)

GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship

TWA Tag Team Championship – with Spanky

wXw World Heavyweight Championship

Ambition 1 (2010)

WSW Heavyweight Championship