It was announced yesterday that Daniel Bryan would be making a WWE return of sorts, as co-host and color commentator on the upcoming Cruiserweight Classic tournament.
Alongside Mauro Ranallo, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion will oversee proceedings as the world's best wrestlers under 205 lbs compete to win the inaugural CWC series.
All told, there will be 32 competitors from various promotions competing in the WWE Network tourney but, speaking on his role, Bryan has already identified the man he wants to see come out on top:
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"The guy who I want to win the whole thing, because he's my friend and I had my very first match against him, is Brian Kenrick," the Yes! Movement leader explained in an interview with WWE.com.
"We came up together...I've wrestled him or been in tag matches with him in hundreds of matches. It's really cool to see these guys get this kind of a chance."
Although Bryan and Kendrick share a lot of memories in the squared circle together, their respective WWE careers didn't follow the same path.
While Bryan became the darling of the WWE Universe en route to runs with the Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships before his enforced retirement earlier this year, Kendrick's run in the promotion petered out at the start of the decade.
The 37-year-old has recently returned to WWE, however, and has been working as a trainer at their Florida Performance Center, helping NXT talent fulfill their potential.
Having been included in the Cruiserweight Classic, Kendrick now has a chance to re-launch his own singles career on what is a pretty unique stage. Listening to Bryan commentate on Kendrick's matches will definitely be a cool experience considering their history together.
Although 'The American Dragon' has nailed his colours firmly to the Kendrick mast ahead of the tournament, that doesn't mean the now-retired star is dismissive of the other 31 wrestlers set to compete.
In fact, in the interview with WWE, Bryan sounds genuinely excited to see what such an eclectic set of Cruiserweights have to offer:
"I'm interested in pretty much all of them," he explained. "I like wrestling on the fringes. The fringes is where the exciting stuff happens.
"...You've got Lucha guys wrestling British guys. You've got wrestlers from Vancouver who've done a little bit of stuff wrestling against guys who've wrestled in front of the Toyko Dome in front of 35-40,000 people.
"You don't know how people are going to react in those sort of situations. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."
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