Ahead of this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, many members of the WWE Universe were worried about a tweet Daniel Bryan sent prior to the show.
It read as follows: "Everyone comes to a crossroads in their life and I’ve come to mine. I look forward to telling you all about it tonight on #Raw."
Understandably, many thought what Bryan was insinuating was something negative and there was a realistic chance that the injuries he had sustained this year may have meant his announcement was regarding an extremely unfortunate early retirement.
In true WWE style however, Bryan's speech was emotional and intriguing, but it built up to the best news fans of the 'Yes!' man could have been hoping for.
His announcement was his WWE return at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event next month, which was much to the delight of the majority of the WWE Universe.
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This included none other than vocal wrestling legend Mick Foley, who took to his Facebook page to express his praise for Bryan's touching speech:
"Daniel Bryan allowed his emotions to tell the story - reminding us of the journey he'd been on this past year, while not letting us forget what it was about him that made so many of us root for him to begin with."
It was clear to see that the relationship Bryan has with the crowd as well as the reaction he gets from it has not deteriorated in any way during his absence. The 33-year-old is and it seems always will be, one of the people's favorites in WWE, which is one of many reasons why he could be the man to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
When Bryan emphatically achieved the title of being WWE World Heavyweight Champion, his celebrations and title run were cut short by injury just a few weeks later.
Seeing Bryan bounce back in top form as he did on Monday Night Raw therefore implies that this is the best time for him to win the belt again, with Bryan in the right physical shape and mental state of mind.
Foley supported this point by explaining why Bryan is the one to face Lesnar:
"[He] would be a credible threat to knock down the mountain that Lesnar has been built to be. It would be the ultimate David, facing the ultimate Goliath. Man vs Beast."
Whether this match does come to fruition therefore is yet to be seen but it would surely be something many WWE followers would love to see.
With Bryan back and seemingly better than ever and Lesnar rumored to be heading back to UFC, what better way to show the next step in both WWE superstar's careers than by seeing the people's favourite take down The Beast.