Last night, the WWE's new Cruiserweight Classic tournament got underway at Full Sail University, with 32 wrestlers from across the globe beginning to their battle to become the champion of the 205 lbs weight category.
What is also meant was the return to WWE programming of Daniel Bryan, who is co-hosting the show, after his retirement from in-ring action earlier this year.
And, although the show isn't going to be broadcast on the Network until next month, fan footage from the event has given us a glimpse of something every WWE fans has sorely missed; a Bryan ring entrance.
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The footage, courtesy of an Instagram account called 'thekidd469', shows Bryan receiving a rapturous reception from those in attendance at Fall Sail in what appears to be the opening segment of the Cruiserweight Classic show.
Almost inevitably, the 'Yes!' chants begin and, whether always part of the plan or off the cuff, the former World Heavyweight Champion embraced the moment to its fullest - bringing back memories of his stellar career by taking to the top rope and leading the chant.
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While his entrance wasn't the precursor for any actual wrestling - that is strictly off limits since concussion issues ended his career back in early February - the sight of Bryan with the crowd in the palm of his hand will bring back fond memories for the majority of the WWE Universe.
A chance to watch the full entrance when the show goes live on the Network is enough of a reason to tune in when the first show goes out. According to Wrestling Inc., that will be on July 13, with the likes of The Brian Kendrick's first round match set to star.
It is great to see Daniel Bryan back involved in the WWE environment, and it is clear that he still relishes 'performing' in front of a crowd.
Judging by comments he made earlier this week, it didn't always look like that was going to be possible:
"It has been good, but it is weird, because my life had been so busy before retirement,” Bryan told The Daily World when asked about his time away from the business.
“Now, you have all of this extra space and time. Because I was forced into retirement and not wanting to retire, I have to keep my mind away from wrestling. It is borderline painful."
If Bryan's commentary career can be half as successful as his time in the squared circle, there are sure to be plenty of more highlights in the next few months as the Cruiserweight Classic continues.
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