Daniel Bryan announced his retirement from in-ring action on RAW last week, citing ongoing concussion issues to be at a fault.
Bryan’s retirement leaves fan very saddened at the loss of one of the company’s best in-ring competitors. Emotions will be expected to continue to run high when the realisation of future dream matches, that will never happen.
Let’s take a look at a few.
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For many people, the day AJ Styles signed with the company the first opponent they wanted to see him feud with was Daniel Bryan. Now if you search the web you can find these two superstars locking horns, however, that was a long time ago and both became completely different in-ring competitors.
AJ and Bryan are similar in style and stature, and with over 30 years of experience in the business, who knows what wrestling classics they could have put on.
Arguably the two best superstars to come from Ring of Honor, Owens and Bryan could have told the perfect story of independent circuit superstars finally making the big time. It’s clear that Owens has the utmost admiration for Bryan, tweeting “The respect I have for you is unmeasurable. You were good to Generico and I when you dint have to be… #BestInTheWorld #ThankYounDanielBryan”.
Whether the two could translate this admiration and respect into 5-star matches will forever be unknown.
Balor has fought Bryan before on the independent scene, but never in the WWE. Both spent a considerable time in Japan honing their craft and made the journey from there to NXT. With both having a huge backing of support by the WWE universe and both devising aesthetic in ring wrestling styles, a match or even feud of the year could have been there for these two performers.
He may not be the first name that comes to mind, but there’s no doubt both superstars would have been capable of creating an exciting matchup. Breeze’s kicks to combat Bryan’s submission style would have told the story of a heel target the weaknesses of head and neck injuries. This could have been an interesting feud in the mid-card division that may have heightened the IC or US title picture.
Still new to many WWE fans, Apollo Crews has already shown enough to be a worthy opponent of Daniel Bryan. Crews matches Bryan in the high-risk offence department, but also adds an element of strength and explosiveness that many superstars can’t replicate. Maybe a matchup that was a few years away, but no doubt one that could have been one of a kind.
So there you have it, did we miss anyone? Who would of you liked to seen Bryan fought, let us know in the comments section.