Bryan on April 7, 2014 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion
|Ring name(s)||American Dragon
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) (1.78 m) |
|Billed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Born||May 22, 1981 
|Resides||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Billed from||Aberdeen, Washington|
|Trained by||Texas Wrestling Academy
Rudy Boy Gonzalez
|Debut||October 4, 1999|
Bryan Danielson (born May 22, 1981) is an American professional wrestler that currently wrestles for WWE. He competes under the ring name Daniel Bryan and is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion in his third reign. He is known by his nickname, the American Dragon.
In wrestling, Danielson was a world champion, having won the ROH World Championship in Ring of Honor (ROH) once. Also, Danielson has won the PWG World Championship in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) twice, the FIP Heavyweight Championship once in Full Impact Pro, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship once in Pro Wrestling Noah and was the last ROH Pure Champion, as he combined the Pure title with the ROH World Title in 2006. He also won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in New Japan Pro Wrestling with Curry Man.
Until 2009, Danielson only wrestled on the indy scene. ROH was his home promotion, but he also worked in FIP, PWG, and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). He has also worked worldwide, most notably in Pro Wrestling Noah through ROH's involvement in the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance, a global team of wrestling promotions that allow their competitors to travel abroad to other companies. He also competed in a some matches in WWE before signing an actual contract with the company in 2009. In June 2010, shortly after the end of the first season of the WWE NXT show which Danielson was in, WWE announced that he had been released from his contract. But, at SummerSlam, he returned.
In wrestling[change | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Cattle Mutilation (Bridging grounded double chickenwing)
- Crossface chickenwing, sometimes with bodyscissors
- Double wrist-clutch to a grounded opponent followed by repeated stomps to the chest, face, and head
- Dragon suplex
- LeBell Lock (Omoplata crossface)
- Regal-Plex (Bridging leg hook belly to back suplex) – adopted from his trainer William Regal
- Repeated elbow strikes to the side of the opponent's head while holding the opponent in a grounded crucifix
- Small package
- Triangle choke, sometimes with repeated elbow strikes to the top of the opponent's head
- Signature moves
- Airplane spin
- Danielson Special (Double underhook suplex floated over into a crucifix armbar)
- Diving headbutt
- European uppercut
- Indian deathlock
- Multiple suplex moves
- Roaring Elbow (Discus elbow smash)
- Rolling fireman's carry slam
- Running big boot
- Springboard suicide senton
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments[change | edit source]
- Memphis Championship Wrestling
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Pro Wrestling Report
- Independent Wrestler of the Year (2006)
- Ring of Honor
- World Series Wrestling
- WSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
- World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- WWE Championship/WWE World Heavyweight Championship (3 times, current)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) (with Kane)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- Money in the Bank (SmackDown 2011)
- Slammy Award for Cole in Your Stocking (2010) (attacking Michael Cole on NXT)
- Slammy Award for Shocker of the Year (2010) (the début of The Nexus)
- Slammy Award for Tweet of the Year (2012) ("Goat face is a horrible insult. My face is practically perfect in every way. In fact, from now on I demand to be called Beautiful Bryan.")
- Slammy Award for Facial Hair of the Year (2012)
- Slammy Award for Upset of the Year (2012) (Defeating Mark Henry and Big Show at Royal Rumble)
- Slammy Award for Couple of the Year (2013) (with Brie Bella)
- Slammy Award for Catchphrase of the Year (2013) (YES! YES! YES!)
- Slammy Award for Beard of the Year (2013)
- Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year (2013)
- Slammy Award for Fan Participation of the Year (2013) (YES! YES! YES!)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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