Featuring The Goat Face and The Snake!
*Wrestling Skills/Abilities - This is a huge part of the judging here, of course it's just common sense really. A wrestler must do his job well at wrestling in his appropriate/preferred style or role. Whether as a technician,brawler,highflyer,etc.
*Accolades/Accomplishments - The more prestige championship belts they have won, the better! We're also taking a look on other accomplishments such as yearly awards from PWI,inductions in Hall of Fames,and the like.
*Charisma - Whether as a babyface or a heel, the wrestler should be able to get the crowd riled up and get them to watch in the match. I included "mic skills" under this category.
*Drawing Ability - One of the biggest jobs of a pro wrestler is filling up the seats and have as much as eyeballs to watch your show on TV. Selling out arenas & PPV's,drawing thousands of people to tune in, it's all part of the judging!
*Longevity - As long as a wrestler had a career for over at least 10 years will be included here.
*Overall Impact - These includes their legacy in the business and impact as a whole to their countries or even to the entire world! Becoming a "household name" if you will.
Also please take note that I'm solely judging them as WRESTLERS and not as members of our society. Hope that is well and clear.
Another thing I wanna point is that this list is 100% MY OWN OPINION, I know a lot of you will disagree with the rankings but hey, we all got our own opinions on who's who should be in a certain spot so if you like, then tell me in the comments below about your own thoughts & opinions!
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Birthday: May 30,1955
From: Stone Mountain,Georgia
Weight: 249 lbs
"Never Trust a Snake" a saying that will always be appropriate for the legendary Jake "The Snake" Roberts!
In the 80's era where everybody seemed to be roided up, Jake Roberts was the exact opposite! He has a calm demeanor and smooth in-ring psychology that's just truly great to watch!
Another great thing about Jake and a lot of fans will agree to me here is his mic skills, other wrestlers tend to imitate Jake's way of delivering promos but nobody tends do it better than The Snake himself!
Jake started out his career in the Louisiana territories wrestling and refereeing for Mid-South,Mid-Atlantic,and Georgia Championship Wrestling. He then moved to Canada and wrestled for Stampede Wrestling where he started to develop the "Snake" persona.
In 1986 after wrestling for a bit in WCCW, Jake "The Snake" Roberts made his debut in the WWF and was quickly given a feud with Ricky Steamboat! Jake also feuded with other big names at the time such as Hulk Hogan,Honky Tonk Man,Andre the Giant,and Rick Rude, switching from babyface to heel quite a few times, although his heel work has always been superior in my opinion.
One of my personal Jake The Snake feuds though was against "Macho Man" Randy Savage. One of the most memorable moments in both of these men's careers is when Jake's snake: Damien bit Savage which caused a lot of spark all around the world!
Early 90's, The Snake would be found feuding with multiple wrestlers including the rising star that is The Undertaker. Roberts' was Taker's second Mania opponent where they faced-off in WrestleMania VIII. During the 90's, he was also able to partake in matches for Japanese promotions: NJPW and AJPW.
After being released in WWF on 1992, he had a very brief stint in WCW which never really got to anywhere. He would wrestle for the indies a bit such as in AAA and SMW before making a return to the WWF in 1996 where the Attitude Era was already at it's infancy. Perhaps the biggest moment in Jake's career during this time period was kicking off Stone Cold Steve Austin via the Austin 3:16 Promo in King of the Ring 1996!
For two years Jake wrestled in the WWF but due to his personal demons he was once again fired and would wrestle in the indies for the rest of his career, he had a brief stint in ECW as well in the late 90's. In the indies Jake wrestled for multiple promotions but he was already just a shell of his former self at this time because of his bad habits.
Finally in 2014 DDP helped out Jake battle his demons and in the end able to set him free from them! In the same year, Jake was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
There will never be another man like Jake "The Snake" Roberts. A one of a kind talent in the world of pro wrestling!
Fun Fact: He never held a title in his whole WWF run! Plus he didn't need to as he naturally got over and still is one of the biggest names in wrestling!
Birthday: July 10,1924
Death: January 20,1988
From: Benton Harbor,Michigan
Weight 270 lbs
Before the likes of Booker T,Ron Simmons,or Mark Henry there was first Bobo Brazil. Not only was he a wrestling legend but a pioneer, a man who paved the way for all African-American wrestlers of today!
Bobo wasn't the best in terms of in-ring technicality but thanks to his likeable personality and charisma, he was still able to become one of the top babyfaces of his time and had so many matches with numerous fellow wrestling legends over the years!
Many of his opponents who all went down thanks to the "Coco Butt" were the likes of The Sheik,Ernie Ladd,Killer Kowalski,Dick the Bruiser,Johnny Valentine,and Abdullah the Butcher. At one point in his career he also challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Title which drew many people to see two top babyfaces go at it for a prestigious title!
Speaking of prestigious title, Brazil also once held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Buddy Rogers making him technically the first African-American World Champion in history. Although the thing is, this reign wasn't considered official thus Ron Simmons becoming WCW World Champion is considered the first.
Besides those two prestigious World Titles, Brazil was also best known for his storied reign of the WWWF United States Heavyweight Championship, where he held the belt 7 times being the the inaugural and final champion of said championship! He also held a plethora of other Heavyweight and Tag-Team Titles in the NWA and WWA.
On October 1970, he made history once again by participating in the first ever racially mixed tag-team match where him & El Mongol defeated Mr. Ito & The Great Ota.
In the latter part of his career, Brazil mentored a few wrestlers most notably "Soulman" Rocky Johnson. His decorated wrestling career lasted for over four decades when he decided to retire in 1993, the next year he was inducted into the WWE HOF by his rival/friend: Ernie Ladd. Unfortunately Bobo would passed away on January 1998.
Fun Fact: He was originally supposed to be called "Boo-Boo Brazil" but they messed up his name at the promotional posters as "Bobo Brazil" and the name was stucked like that ever since.
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
From: The Fiji Islands
Weight: 243 lbs
Similar with Chris Benoit, all controversies aside we will be focusing on Jimmy Snuka's wrestling career and nothing else.
After wrestling for a few years in different territories like Texas and Hawaii, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka went to the WWF in 1982 and in fact first debuted as a heel under the guidance of Capt. Lou Albano!
Later on though he would ditch Albano and become a babyface and before Hulk Hogan went to the company, Snuka was the top babyface attraction in the WWF!
As we all know one of the most unforgetable moments in wrestling history was Snuka's 15 feet jump from the top of the cage to Don Muraco in MSG, a match also attended by future wrestlers: Mick Foley,The Sandman,Tommy Dreamer,and Bubba Ray Dudley!
In 1984 Snuka was again involved in a high profile feud against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. The highlight of that feud is also another unforgetable WWF moment when Piper cracked a coconut onto Snuka's head! On the first ever WrestleMania, Snuka was the cornerman for Hulk Hogan & Mr. T against Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff w/ "Cowboy" Bob Orton.
After that Snuka left the WWF in 1985 and wrestled for NJPW and AWA afterwards for 4 years, in 1989 he would make his return to the WWF on WrestleMania V! He had matches with multiple heels at the time such as Mr. Perfect,Ted DiBiase,Rick Rude,and Jake Roberts but the most notable of them all was losing to The Undertaker in WrestleMania VII and thus the streak was born!
He would leave WWF again and wrestled for ECW for two years when the company was still called "Eastern Championship Wrestling." Snuka is the inaugural ECW World Heavyweight Champion and also held the belt twice! Ever since then he would wrestle for multiple indie promotions and would make returns here and there to the WWE, most notably in the Royal Rumble 2008 where Roddy Piper also returned!
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka revolutionized the modern highflying style of wrestling today. After a long storied career he was forced to retire in 2015 after the case of him supposedly murdering his girlfriend 30 years ago re-emerged and he has also suffered stomach cancer.
It's a sad conclusion for the career of one of the all time greats of the business.
Fun Fact: Similar to Jake Roberts, despite being one of the biggest names in WWE's history, Jimmy Snuka NEVER once held a championship in his whole career for said company!
Weight: 212 lbs
One of the most charismatic wrestlers in Puroresu history: Masahiro Chono makes it on the countdown!
Chono started out strong in his career after all being trained by the legendary Lou Thesz will help you out. He won the Young Lions Cup Tournament in 1987 and then wrestled not only in Japan but also in the US,Europe,and Puerto Rico in just a few years after his debut!
While in Puerto Rico, Chono along with Shinya Hashimoto and Keji Mutoh formed the "Three Musketeers." In 1989 he would be a finalist in a tournament for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship which Vader won.
Chono's second run with NJPW is where he started becoming a big star! On February 1990 Chono & Hashimoto defeated the team of Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi in a main event on Tokyo Dome to crown the IWGP Tag-Team Championships (a belt he held 7 times!) Later on he would face his mentor Lou Thesz in Thesz's final match in wrestling.
He would then go on to win the first ever G1 Climax Tournament in 1991 and win it again the second year becoming the NWA World Heavyweight Champion in the process! Chono would win the tournament on 3 more occasions and gaining the nickname "Mr. G1."
Unfortunately for him he would suffer a neck injury while in a match with Steve Austin defending the NWA World Title which put him on break for a few months whilst still the champion. He would lose the belt 4 months later to The Great Muta ( who was then IWGP Champion) in a Title vs Title Match.
In 1994 after being a clean cut babyface his whole career Chono turned heel and alligned himself with Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Hiro Saito forming the nWo Japan! Chono,Tenzan,and Muta would later compete to WCW and join their version of the nWo as well! In 1998 Chono returned to New Japan and defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to become IWGP Heavyweight Champion, this was his only reign with the belt that lasted for 44 days. I reckon he deserved better!
Since 2004 and onwards Chono mainly wrestled as a freelancer, he still competed in NJPW but also for promotions such as NOAH,ZERO1,AJPW,DDT,MPW,and IGF. To this day at the age of 53, Masahiro Chono is still wrestling and doesn't plan to stop anytime soon!
Also the man has one of the most badass theme songs ever! What's not to love?!
Fun Fact: Most people know Masa Chono as a wrestler but he also had a short stint as a manager for the tag-team of Giant Silva and Giant Singh (aka The Great Khali!)
Birthday: October 13,1926
Death: August 30,2008
Weight: 290 lbs
Well here is another man trained by Lou Thesz, one of the most intimidating men to ever step foot in the squared circle: Killer Kowalski!
Kowalski made his debut in 1947 and just a year later would quickly become one of the biggest stars thanks to his big size and fast-paced wrestling style. In November 1948 he challenged Orville Brown (first ever NWA World Champion) in a match for said World Title but loss.
He would eventually win the title in November 22,1961 where he defeated Buddy Rogers. Kowalski would held onto the belt for 425 days but surprisingly this reign is "unofficial" since he was only recognized as champion in some states but not by the NWA.
But perhaps Kowalski's biggest claim to fame was when he ripped Yukon Eric's ear while performing a knee drop! Kowalski would gain massive heat for this and the two would have many "grudge matches" that headlined multiple shows in North American territories!
Kowalski would continue to cement his legacy as a heel you just love to hate back in June 1958 during a match with Pat O'Connor with boxing legend: Jack Dempsey as the special referee. During the match Kowalski kicked Dempsey so hard that he was sent to the hospital!
Another big highlight of Killer Kowalski's career was in 1972 where he was the first ever wrestler to lay a pin on Andre the Giant! As much as WWE wants you to think it's Hulk Hogan, it's actually the Master of the Claw Hold who did it first! Kowalski and Andre had many matches together as well often billed as "Battle of the Giants" he also had a similar feud with Giant Baba in Japan.
In his time with the WWF though, Kowalski was a frequent challenger to Bruno's WWWF World Title but never actually got to win the belt. The only title he would held for the promotion was the WWWF United States Tag-Team Championship along with Gorilla Monsoon! They would lose the belts to the Tolos Brothers later on.
Kowalski continued to wrestle and even under a mask at some point in his career but in 1977 after 4 decades in the ring he finally decided to lace up the boots and retire. But it didn't end there for him as he opened a pro wrestling school in Massachusetts where multiple superstars of the future trained under.
Some of Kowalski's most notable students were Triple H,Chyna,Perry Saturn,Big John Studd,Matt Bloom,Frankie Kazarian,Kenny Dykstra,Kofi Kingston,Damien Sandow,Fandango,and his own son: Killer Kowalski Jr. Kowalski would make a few comebacks in the ring during the 80's and early 90's. His last match took place in 1993 when he was 66 years old.
He was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996 by his most successful student: Triple H. He passed away in August 30,2008.
Fun Fact: Killer Kowalski became a vegeterian since the late 60's and also never drank milk & alchool and also did not smoke. He even did not drive or travel with fellow wrestlers who smoked!
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams
Death: December 29,2009
Weight: 285 lbs
After a career in college football and amateur wrestling "Dr. Death" Steve Williams became a pro wrestler in 1982 after being trained by "Cowboy" Bill Watts.
He started out his career at Watts' Mid-South Wrestling and later the company was renamed into Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) where Dr. Death won the company's Heavyweight Championship!
Starting in 1987 Dr. Death built a reputation as a tough guy both in and out of the ring as he was unpinned in the USA for a decade from 1987 to 1997! Some of the notable titles he held in this timeline were the NWA World Tag-Team Champinship (2x) and the NWA US Tag-Team Championship.
Speaking of tag-teams, Dr. Death was perhaps best remembered for his great tag-team run in the Miracle Violence Connection with Terry Gordy where the two dominated the tag-team scene of AJPW and WCW becoming 8x AJPW World Tag-Team Champions and also held the WCW World Tag-Team Championships!
During the 90's he also started becoming a main eventer in AJPW and eventually won the company's Triple Crown Championship from Mitsuharu Misawa! He would later drop the belt 86 days later to Toshiaki Kawada. Dr. Death is still considered as one of the most successful gaijins (foreign wrestlers) to compete in Japan!
In 1998 he would get signed into the WWF and was supposed to win the "Brawl For All" tournament. We all know what happened on this, he won the first round fight to Pierre Carl Ouellet but later on in round 2 unexpectedly loss to Bart Gunn! Williams suffered an injury and was out for several months. He returned in 1999 and had a brief stint with JR as his manager, but was then released.
It was rumored that if Dr. Death won the tournament he would have had a feud with Stone Cold for the WWF Title but sadly things didn't go the way they should had. Later on he would have brief runs in WCW and MLW, in 2004 Williams suffered throat cancer and was forced to retire.
Unfortunately Dr. Death as tough as he was loss his battle to cancer in December 2009. He might've been gone but will always be remembered as one of the legitimate badasses in the world of pro wrestling!
Fun Fact: Dr. Death's first and only MMA Fight was in March 14,2004 where he loss to Alexey Ignashov via KO. To be fair, he was already past his prime at this point.
Tiger Mask I
Birthday: November 27,1957
Weight: 216 lbs
Satoru Sayama or better known as The First Tiger Mask is the man who paved the way for the Cruiserweight Division in Puroresu!
Trained by Antonio Inoki, Sayama made his wrestling debut in NJPW and won against Shoji Kai, a jobber best known to have been the debut opponent for other future stars.
Sayama was sent to Europe and Mexico to gain more experience before making his return to NJPW in 1981 this time as Tiger Mask. An anime wrestler come to life, Sayama is the first to portray said gimmick and in my opinion the best!
His greatest rival is none other than Dynamite Kid. The two had phenomenal matches over the years! There matches have inspired numerous other wrestlers that eventually came through the business and became successful themselves!
In 1982 Tiger Mask made history by beating Les Thornton to become NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion and Black Tiger for the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship, thus the only man to held both belts simultaneously!
Sayama wrestled for WWF in the early 80's often defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship (which he held 3 times) to other wrestlers such as Dynamite Kid,Eddie Gilbert,Gran Hamada,and even Bret Hart! He also was able to defend the belt in NJPW.
He continued to wrestle for NJPW until in 1984 when he decided to retire. He opened his own MMA promotion called "Shooto" that still runs to this day. Just a year later after his retirement he made a comeback in wrestling and still wrestles occasionally these days.
Another promotion he founded was in 2005 "Real Japan Pro Wrestling." Besides wrestling today though, Sayama is also training students in his promotion.
From a nobody to one of the greatest Cruiserweights of all time, there is no denying that "Tiger Mask" Satoru Sayama is not only a legend in this business but a man who paved the way for so many wrestlers today!
Fun Fact: Bret Hart cities Sayama the "Bruce Lee of wrestling" for his amazing athleticism,speed,and martial arts abilities he showcases in the ring!
Birthday: June 18,1946
Death: July 17,1988
Weight: 283 lbs
Bruiser Broody wasn't a technical wrestler, and not a high flier either but was one of the best brawler/hardcore wrestlers of all time and he also helped innovate said style of wrestling!
Brody was a top draw wherever he went thanks to his size,charisma,and unpredictable wrestling tactics that helped him got over with the crowd! He has held numerous titles in the NWA most notably being a 4x NWA American Heavyweight Champion.
A lot of people may not know this but he has also wrestled for WWWF back in the late 70's against guys like Chief Jay Strongbow,Ivan Putski,and Gorilla Monsoon. In fact he even challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Heavyweight Title twice!
But because of his style of wrestling which wasn't really that well known at the time plus having some backstage attitude, Brody didn't last long in the WWWF. It wasn't until when he went to AJPW where he became a really big attraction and a draw.
Throughout the 80's Brody has wrestled a who's who of wrestlers in AJPW whether they are fellow gaijins or not such as Giant Baba,Jumbo Tsuruta,Genichiro Tenryu,and The Funks just to name a few.
My favorite highlight of Brody's run in AJPW though was his tag-team run with his good friend: Stan Hansen. The two were an unstoppable duo, although they never won a tag-team title (which is baffling!) They're still remembered as one of the toughest and greatest combinations ever formed in pro wrestling!
Another notable highlight of his career was his long feud with his greatest rival in my opinion: Abdullah the Butcher! The two had some of the bloodiest and most sadistic matches together! Before ECW came along, these two were showing everybody what true hardcore is all about!
Besides Japan though, Brody also wrestled for promotions such as AWA,WCCW,WWA,Mid-Atlantic,Central States Wrestling,and Championship Wrestling from Florida. He would then also compete in Puerto Rico and started a feud with Carlos Colon.
All things seemed to be doing fine for Brody until that dark controversial day in July 17,1988 where he was murdered by fellow wrestler Jose Gonzales aka Invader I.
The wrestling world loss a great legend and an innovator. But his legacy will always live on forever!
Fun Fact: Bruiser Brody was the debut opponent of Mark Callaway in his wrestling career, the man who would later become The Undertaker!
Birthday: February 2,1950
Weight: 273 lbs
If your epithets are "The Living Legend" and "Mr. Pro Wrestling" then you know you're good, Genichiro Tenryu is more than good though, he is great!
After retiring in sumo wrestler for 13 years, Genichiro Tenryu was recruited by Giant Baba himself to work for AJPW. He was sent to the USA to hone his skills as a pro and trained under The Funks.
From 1984 and onwards Tenryu has been doing well for himself after returning to Japan winning singles and tag-team championships in different promotions he wrestled for, mainly AJPW.
1989 was his best year though as he feuded with the newly crowned AJPW Triple Crown Champion: Jumbo Tsuruta! The two legends had many set of matches over the years for said title, he would eventually overcome him in June 5,1989 where Tenryu beat Tsuruta for the most prestigious belt in AJPW's history!
After 128 days, Tenryu loss the belt back to Tsuruta in the same date on 1990 culminating their legendary feud. A good decade later Tenryu would held the belt once again after it was vacated by Kenta Kobashi. He held it for almost a year before dropping it to Muta, his third and final reign with the belt was in 2002.
Anyways before we fast forward much more into Tenryu's career, let's go back a few years in the early 90's where he competed a few times for WWF. He competed in WrestleMania VII where he and Koji Kitao defeated Demolition. He would also participate in Royal Rumble 1993 and 1994, the latter he would reach the final five but was eliminated by eventual winners Bret Hart and Lex Luger.
He also had a short tag-team run with The Great Kabuki in WWF as part of the hired guns or "yakuza" if you will by Mr. Fuji for Yokozuna. Also earlier that year Tenryu pinned his mentor Giant Baba in a tag match which was quite the accomplishment in Puroresu, Misawa would be the only other man to pin the legendary big man.
Ever since AJPW started falling down because of Baba's death, Tenryu began wrestling for other promotions as well such as NOAH,HUSTLE,WAR,and FMW.
Later on in 2010 he founded his own promotion "Tenryu Project" which ran until the year of his retirement: 2015.
Tenryu's retirement was quite a big buzz in Japan. He made a special return in NJPW on August 16,2015 to face off Kazuchika Okada whom he challenged for his retirement match. Tenryu also began a "retirement road tour" where he began wrestling for different companies to promote his retirement match which was a collab event between AJPW and NOAH.
On November 15,2015 after almost four decades of competing in the squared circle, Tenryu loss his final match against Okada. This match was made "Match of the Year" by Tokyo Sports.
Genichiro Tenryu is one of those great wrestlers where whoever you put him to wrestle against, he can make a good and memorable match out of! Whether it's other great wrestlers like Misawa or Muta or even guys like Akebono.
Fun Fact: Tenryu was approached to take part in the first ever UFC event in 1997, but the negotiations fell apart as he was apparently "too old" for MMA.
Birthday: May 22,1981
Weight: 210 lbs
In my opinion Daniel Bryan is the greatest technical wrestler of this generation! After all when he retired, Dave Meltzer renamed the "Best Technician Award" into the "Bryan Danielson Award" just goes to show you how great he was in the ring!
It all started in 1999 when a young Bryan Danielson graduated from high school and started training at Shawn Michaels and Rudy Boy Gonzalez's Texas Wrestling Academy. He made his debut in the year 2000 and would later on win the TWA Tag-Team Titles with his life long friend: Spanky aka Brian Kendrick.
A lot of people may not know this but since 2000 until 2003 while also making tours in Japan, D-Bry was already working in the WWE under their former developmental territory at the time: Memphis Championship Wrestling and also wrestled for a few times in the main roster as an enhancement talent!
He would tour different Japanese promotions under his "American Dragon" persona mainly competing for NJPW and FMW. In fact he even won the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag-Team Championship with Curry Man in 2004!
In 2002 though, D-Bry joined Ring of Honor (ROH) and that's where he really started to become big as an indie superstar thanks to his all-around skills in the ring! In 2005 he defeated James Gibson (aka Jamie Noble) to become the ROH World Champion! He successfully defended the belt for a straight 462 days against fellow ROH wrestlers and other ones from different promotions.
Some of his best title defenses were against the likes of Samoa Joe,Austin Aries,Roderick Strong,Chris Hero,Naomichi Marafuji,Lance Storm,Christopher Daniels,Nigel McGuinness,KENTA,Colt Cabana,and even AJ Styles! D-Bry has wrestled pretty much ALL of the greats in the indies and has at least beat them once in his career!
Besides ROH, he also wrestled for other promotions all around the world at the time and won championships in some of them! PWG,NWA,NOAH,IWA Puerto Rico,wXw,All Star Wrestling,CHIKARA,EVOLVE,and so much more!
After a good 8 years honing his skills in the indies, D-Bry made his return to the WWE in 2009 where he competed in the new developmental territory: Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) this is where he changed his name from "Bryan Danielson" to "Daniel Bryan."
In 2010 he made his "main roster" debut by participating in the first season of NXT (back when it was still a Tough Enough contest of sorts) where he was mentored by The Miz no less! Then fast forward months later Daniel Bryan made his official main roster debut alongside with The Nexus where they viciously attacked everybody at ringside!
But his "controversial attack" to Justin Roberts got him fired by the company thus returning to the indies for a while before returning once again in 2010 at SummerSlam where he was revealed as the "surprise team member" of Team Cena against The Nexus.
Since then D-Bry had a successful run in the WWE where he won the US Championship from The Miz. Then in 2011 he became the World Heavyweight Champion and was involved in some pretty good storylines, especially the ones with AJ Lee.
2012 was one of D-Bry's best years in wrestling, he got to feud with CM Punk for the WWE World Championship,The YES! and NO! chants were born,and he started a great tag-team run with Kane as "Team Hell No" where they eventually won the WWE Tag-Team Championships and held onto them for 245 days!
2013 is when the "YES! Movement" really started to become big as D-Bry gained the respects of more fans every single day,match after match, eventually they wanna see the guy get propelled to the top of the company! Another interesting feud with D-Bry from this timeline was the one against Bray Wyatt, where at one point D-Bry even joined The Wyatts for a short period of time.
After beating Bray, it seemed like things were doing well for D-Bry until The Authority got in his way! Batista won the Royal Rumble in 2014 propelling him into the WrestleMania main event, we all know how "well received" that was by the fans! Eventually D-Bry was given the chance for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as he not only beat Triple H to qualify for the main event in WrestleMania 30, but HE WON THE MAIN EVENT and became the new champion!
Everybody was looking forward for what's more to come after this but unfortunately an injury got in the way of D-Bry so he didn't even managed to have a "proper title feud" and no, that one with Kane sucked so let's forget about it. He would eventually return in 2015 and once again in WrestleMania 31 became a champion by winning the Intercontinental Championship in a great 7 Man Ladder Match! But D-Bry wasn't even able to have a title defense when he became IC Champion as another injury occured.
He would return once again in the WWE but this time with a little bit of sadness as he announced his retirement in pro wrestling. After 15 straight years of competing around the world, winning championship after championship, Daniel Bryan is done competing in the ring. For now at least.
But as we all know he is still with the WWE today and is the current GM for the SmackDown brand. Although I'm predicting in the future, that tag-team match where he and Cena defeated Cesaro & Tyson Kidd wouldn't be his last! Plus he needs to get in the HOF ASAP!
Fun Fact: His ring name "Daniel Bryan" was given to him by William Regal.
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