WWE favourite Daniel Bryan has revealed the one match he wanted before having to retire from in-ring action - and it was a match against Brock Lesnar.
The former champion was forced into an early retirement following a string of neck injuries and he made the decision to retire earlier this year, making an announcement on Twitter before speaking live on an episode of Monday Night Raw.
Since then, Bryan has occupied a few different roles within the WWE. Initially he was a judge on Tough Enough, before becoming a commentator for the Cruiserweight Classic.
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Of course, he is also the SmackDown LIVE general manager, working alongside the commissioner Shane McMahon.
Bryan has been doing some interviews in the past few days, advertising this Sunday's Pay-Per-View SummerSlam, and he's revealed who he would have liked to have a match against before retiring.
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The general manager discussed his injuries and his new role within the WWE, but also commented on what goals he had set himself before retiring and who he wanted to have a match against.
Despite having a bad neck and coming out of serious surgery, Bryan admitted that he was keen on having a match against The Beast Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar is a wrestler known for his aggressive nature and his trademark move is to suplex wrestlers numerous times, taking them to 'suplex city'.
So in order to prepare for a potential feud with Lesnar, Bryan took on Luke Harper, who gave him a German suplex during a match just so he could see if his neck could take the bump.
When talking about his interest in wrestling Lesnar, Bryan said: “When I came back from my neck surgery — and I have this really bad habit, it’s like I’m a glutton for punishment — I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to see how strong my neck is and to see if it can still take some of this stuff.
“What I really wanted was I wanted a match with Brock Lesnar, that was my thing. But I didn’t want to go into the match with Brock Lesnar (having) that be the first time I ever take a German suplex (following) my neck surgery.
"So, I wrestled Luke Harper and he German suplexed me on my head and everybody was like, ‘Oh my gosh, why did you do that?!’ It’s because I have this mentality of, ‘Well, I don’t want to go in there against Brock knowing he’s probably going to give me one zillion German suplexes and not having taken a German suplex before and not having known that my neck was going to be okay.”
Sadly for Bryan, and the WWE Universe, it's a match-up that will never get to happen.
Who do YOU wish Daniel Bryan got to wrestle before retiring? Leave YOUR dream match in the comment section below!
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