Daniel Bryan ends RAW in style with emotional retirement speech

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Last night's RAW was always going to be an emotional one, but credit to Daniel Bryan, he got his retirement speech spot on and gave the crowd something to cheer about despite the sad and heartbreaking news he was delivering.

Just hours before the show, Daniel Bryan took to Twitter to confirm what everyone had feared - that he was retiring immediately from World Wrestling Entertainment.


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RAW did a superb job highlighting Daniel Bryan's successful moments throughout his time with the WWE.

Video packages were put together showing his most successful moments and his memorable moments, before he took to the ring himself to end the show.

As expected, the building erupted, the Yes chants started and Bryan drank it all in. He stood in the ring for several minutes just soaking up the atmosphere. Fans were spotted in the crowd in tears.

When he did get around to speaking, he was overwhelmed by the reaction. He admitted how he just had to soak it all in and enjoy it one last time. Then came the speech everyone was waiting for.

Bryan revealed how he suffered three concussions during his first five months with the company. He stated that head injuries were a common thing for him throughout his career and ultimately, that is why he's had to retire.

He was adamant he wanted to return to wrestling. He wanted WWE to call him back and he told them he was already ready to return if needed, but it was a risk they were not willing to take.


Bryan discussed the brain tests he had a week ago and admitted the results weren't good and basically showed he had to retire.

Credit to Bryan, he made the speech as light-hearted and amusing as possible. When discussing 'the elephant in the room', he stated how he didn't want to cut his beard off and how he looked stupid with short hair and a long beard.

The guy tried to make a really emotional and upsetting moment a more comical one and the crowd loved it.

He then discusses his wife Brie Belle and how he wants to have children with her soon, which then lead to Yes chants and Bryan amusingly saying 'that's what she says'. Once again, epitomising the character Bryan is.

At the age of just 34, Bryan's wrestling career has been cut short, and he stated he's felt angry, frustrated, saddened because of the news he has to retire, but mainly, he felt grateful.

Grateful that he's been able to do what he loves for so long, grateful he's pleased so many fans across the world and grateful of the people he's met along the way, including his now wife.

He touched upon Connor. The young boy who passed away from cancer during Bryan's push to Wrestlemania. He got emotional when discussing his Dad's passing and how the last time he saw him wrestle was during that RAW when fans invaded the ring.

He ended the speech asking for one more Yes chant, and that's what happened whilst Brie made her way down to the ring.

An emotional, but slightly light-hearted goodbye, but a goodbye that has come way too early.

Thank You Daniel Bryan.

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