Danielson as the ROH World Champion in 2006.
|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 pro wrestler that currently wrestles for WWE on its SmackDown brand under the ring name Daniel Bryan. 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)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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