🤼‍♂ How Good of a Wrestler Were They Really? 🤼‍♀ #35 Daniel Bryan 🐐

GOLDBERG scores a slightly harsh 2.3, a significant drop off from his 51st placement on the 100 greatest wrestlers of DiS, but at least he’s a way off JBL for the bottom spot.

Wrestler Rating
Chris Jericho (3) 4.69
Kurt Angle (2) 4.55
Mick Foley (10) 4.55
Macho Man Randy Savage (12) 4.37
Stone Cold Steve Austin (1) 4.36
Eddie Guerrero (8) 4.28
Ric Flair (11) 4.23
The Undertaker (7) 4.22
The Steiner Brothers (n/a) 4.22*
Shawn Michaels (6) 4.21
William Regal (18) 4.1
Bret Hart (9) 4.07
Owen Hart (21) 3.95
CM Punk (16) 3.85
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (20) 3.81
The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom (106) 3.74
Diamond Dallas Page (41) 3.73
Booker T (48) 3.72
Charlotte Flair (34) 3.69
Vince McMahon (66) 3.55
Kane (19) 3.54
Brock Lesnar (30) 3.52
Triple H (13) 3.48
John Cena (17) 3.43
Rob Van Dam (47) 3.4
Becky Lynch (28) 3.2
Ron Simmons (114) 3.18
Big Van Vader (58) 3.17
Shane McMahon (59) 3.17
A.P.A (90) 3.15
Sting (52) 3.12
The Big Boss Man(36) 3.1
Scott Steiner (55) 3.08
Stephanie McMahon (n/a) 2.36
Hulk Hogan (61) 2.33
D-X (n/a) 2.33
Goldberg (51) 2.3
JBL (n/a) 1.56

And now, YES! completing the three-way tie from Kane’s thread, YES! is his Team Hell No partner, YES! THE AMERICAN DRAGON,YES! THE COMEBACK KID, YES! THE INTERNET/INDIE DARLING, YES! THE UNDERDOG, YES! THE FLYING G.O.A.T, YES! THE B+ PLAYER, YES! THE GLOBAL, YES! THE SUBMISSION SPECIALIST, YES! THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST VEGAN, YES! THE GLOBAL WARRIOR…YES!

BRYAN DANIELSON!

So, How Good Was (is) Daniel Bryan really?
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There’s about 20 years to cover here which neatly fits into a decade pre-WWE and in, so split between the two:

Daniel Bryan’s Best pre-WWE Match/Moment
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels (Three-Way Dance, ROH The Era Of Honor Begins, Feb 23rd 2002)
  • American Dragon, Koji Kanemoto & Ultimo Dragon vs. Heat, Naomichi Marufuji & Tiger Mask IV (6-Person Tag NJPW Nexess, May 3rd 2004)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries (ROH Testing The Limit, Aug 7th 2004)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe I (ROH World Heavyweight Title Match, The Midnight Express Reunion, Oct 2nd 2004)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide (“Tap Out” Match, ROH It All Begins, Jan 15th 2005)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Naomichi Marufuji (ROH World Heavyweight Title Match, ROH Final Battle, Dec 17th 2005)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Roderick Strong (ROH World Heavyweight Title Match, ROH Supercard Of Honor Mar 31st 2006)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe II (ROH World Heavyweight Title Match, ROH Fight Of The Century Aug 5th 2006)
  • Bryan Danielson vs.Nigel McGuinness (ROH World Heavyweight Title & Pure Wrestling Title Match, ROH Unified, Aug 12th 2006)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA (ROH World Heavyweight Title Match, ROH Glory By Honor V - Night 2, Sep 16th 2006)
  • Bryan Danielson vs Homicide II (ROH World Heavyweight Title, ROH Final Battle, Dec 23rd 2006)
  • Bryan Danielson & Takeshi Morishima vs. KENTA & Nigel McGuinness (ROH Respect Is Earned, May 12th 2007)
  • Bryan Danielson, Nigel McGuinness & Rocky Romero vs Go Shiozaki, Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima (6-Person Tag NOAH, Summer Navigation '07 - Day 12, Jul 15th 2007)
  • Bryan Danielson vs Takeshi Morishima (ROH World Heavyweight Title Match, Manhattan Mayhem II, Aug 25th 2007)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Hero (ROH Undeniable, Oct 6th 2007)
  • Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black (Seth Rollins) (ROH World Tag Team Titles Match, Respect Is Earned II, Jun 7th 2008)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black (ROH New Horizons, Jul 26th 2008)
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness III (ROH World Heavyweight Title, Rising Above, Nov 22nd 2008)
  • Bryan Danielson vs Naruki Doi (Dragon Gate USA, Untouchable Sep 6th 2009)

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Daniel Bryan’s Best WWE Match/Moment
  • “Daniel Bryan” debuts on the inaugural episode of NXT, gains The Miz as his mentor, challenges World Heavyweight champion, Chris Jericho accompanied by his protege, Wade Barrett (NXT, February 23rd 2010)
  • The Nexus debut and Daniel Bryan gets fired by WWE for strangling Justin Roberts with a tie, on live TV, returns to the indies for summer and works with Eddie Kingston, TJP, Aleister Black, Bobby Fish, Shingo Takagi, PAC, Roderick Strong, Jon Moxley, even Shelton Benjamin amongst others!
  • Daniel Bryan returns for Team WWE! w/ Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Edge, John Cena, John Morrison & R-Truth vs. The Nexus: Darren Young, David Otunga, Heath Slater,Justin Gabriel & Michael Tarver, Skip “Ryback” Sheffield & Wade Barrett (14-Person Tag Elimination, WWE SummerSlam '10)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (WWE United States Championship Match, Night Of Champions '10)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz (Triple-Threat Submissions Count Anywhere WWE United States Championship Match, Hell In A Cell '10)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Bragging Rights '10)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase Jr. WWE United States Championship Match, Survivor Series '10)
  • Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus (United States Championship Lumberjack Match, Wrestlemania XXVII pre-show)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Heath Slater vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett (Smackdown “Money In The Bank” Ladder Match, MitB '11)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett (SummerSlam '11)
  • Daniel Bryan cashes his MITB Briefcase on The Big Show! (TLC 2011)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. The Big Show (Triple Threat Steel Cage World Heavyweight Championship Match, Royal Rumble '12)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella vs. The Big Show vs. The Great Khali vs. Wade Barrett (“Elimination Chamber” World Heavyweight Championship Match, Elimination Chamber '12)
  • Daniel Bryan jobs out his title to Sheamus in 18 seconds! (World Heavyweight Championship “Match”, WrestleMania XXVIII)
  • Daniel Bryan makes up for that farce vs Sheamus (2 Out Of 3 Falls World Heavyweight Championship Match, Extreme Rules '12)
  • Daniel Bryan vs C. M. Punk (WWE Championship Match, Over The Limit '12)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. C. M. Punk vs. Kane (Triple-Threat WWE Championship Match, No Way Out '12)
  • Daniel Bryan vs C. M. Punk - referee: AJ Lee (No Disqualification WWE Championship Match, Money In The Bank '12)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Kane, they are then enrolled in anger management class! (SummerSlam '12)
  • “Team Hell No” Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (WWE Tag Team Championship Match, Night Of Champions '12)
  • Team Hell No & Ryback vs The Shield (TLC 3 On 3 Match, WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs '12)
  • Team Hell No vs The Rhodes Scholars II (WWE Tag Team Championship Match, Royal Rumble '13)
  • Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Big E. Langston & Dolph Ziggler (WWE Tag Team Championship Match, WrestleMania 29)
  • Daniel Bryan & Kane vs Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (WWE Tag Team Championship Match, Extreme Rules '13)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. C. M. Punk vs. Christian vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Sheamus (“Money In The Bank” Ladder Match, Money In The Bank '13)
  • Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Championship! Briefly… vs. John Cena - Referee: Triple H (WWE Championship Match, SummerSlam '13)
  • Daniel Bryan (briefly) wins the title again! vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship Match, Night Of Champions '13)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton gets Big Showed! (WWE Championship, Battleground '13)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton - Referee: Shawn Michaels (“Hell In A Cell” WWE Championship Match, Hell In A Cell '13)
  • Daniel Bryan & C. M. Punk vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper (Survivor Series '13)
  • Seattle fans sabotage RAW during an Orton vs Cena contract signing segment chanting for Daniel Bryan! (RAW, 9/12/13)
  • Daniel Bryan joins the Wyatt Family! vs Bray Wyatt & Erick Rowan & Luke Harper (Handicap Tag TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs '13)
  • Daniel Bryan doesn’t enter the Royal Rumble to rapturous boos but has a solid match vs. Bray Wyatt! (Royal Rumble '14)
  • Daniel Bryan re-enters the world title picture! vs. Randy Orton vs. Cesaro vs. Christian vs. John Cena vs. Sheamus (“Elimination Chamber”, WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match, Elimination Chamber '14)
  • The Yes! Movement Occupies Raw demanding Bryan gets a title shot at Wrestlemania! (RAW, 10/3/14)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (World Heavyweight Title Qualifying Match, WrestleMania XXX)
  • “The Miracle on Bourbon Street” Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton (Triple-Threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match, WrestleMania XXX)
  • Daniel Bryan’s only 2014 title defence! vs. Kane (“Extreme Rules” WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match, Extreme Rules '14)
  • Daniel Bryan returns only to get jobbed out of the Royal Rumble match! (2015)
  • Daniel Bryan can’t stop The Big Dog Express vs. Roman Reigns (No.1 Contender Match, Fastlane '15)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper vs. R-Truth vs. Stardust (Ladder (7-Way) WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, WrestleMania 31)
  • Bryan retires for two (three if you include the year before) years from in-ring competition with a heartbreaking speech (RAW, 08/02/16)
  • Daniel Bryan returns! For real this time! & Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (WrestleMania 34)
  • Daniel Bryan lasts 76-minutes in the 50-Man Royal Rumble breaking an asterisk record! (Greatest Royal Rumble Saudi Arabia)
  • Daniel Bryan feuds with Big Cass proving we can’t have nice things ever! (Backlash & Money in the Bank 2018)
  • Team Hell No reform because we’ve got nothing for you! Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. The Bludgeon Brothers Harper & Rowan (WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match, Extreme Rules 2018)
  • Daniel Bryan finally blows off an 8-year feud! vs The Miz (SummerSlam '18)
  • Then their wives get involved for some reason! Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse (Hell In A Cell '18)
  • Daniel Bryan beats The Miz for the number 1. contender match vs AJ Styles in Saudi Arabia, then refuses to go out of protest, so loses against him on Smackdown instead! (Super Show-Down Australia & Crown Jewel Saudia Arabia '18)
  • “The New” Daniel Bryan turns heel on AJ Styles, wins the WWE World Championship, then faces Brock Lesnar (Champion vs Champion Match, Survivor Series '18)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. A.J. Styles (WWE World Championship Match, TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs '18)
  • Daniel Bryan gains Rowan as his disciple! vs. A.J. Styles (WWE World Championship Match, Royal Rumble '19)
  • Kofimania is Born! Daniel Bryan vs. A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe (“Elimination Chamber” (WWE World Championship Match, Elimination Chamber '19)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali (Triple-Threat WWE World Championship Match, Fastlane '19)
  • Daniel Bryan passes the torch vs. Kofi Kingston (WWE World Championship Match, WrestleMania 35)
  • Daniel Bryan puts on a clinic with Adam Cole while the rest of the roster are stuck in Saudi Arabia (NXT Title Match, Smackdown, 2/11/19)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. The Fiend (WWE Universal Championship Strap Match, Royal Rumble '20)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak (Elimination Chamber '20)

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Am I wasting my time putting so much research into these threads/polls?
  • YES! you maniac
  • NO!, we appreciate it, honest

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Wrestlemania XXX was the last time wrestling made me feel joy

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oh and if he’s not a 5 I don’t know who is

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Surely there hasn’t been a better all round wrestler in the WWE in the last decade? 5.

Third option - it doesn’t matter what we think, if it’s too much hassle then don’t sweat it :slight_smile:

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Alright Dwayne Johnson.

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Ha ha, even I knew I was quoting there!

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this is what got me back into wrestling

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Probably a 9/10, but as this is out of 5, a 5/5. Technically brilliant, wicked sense of humour, decent guy.

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It is a lot of work but honestly I quite enjoy it, I just wanted to check I wasn’t wasting my time doing it :smiley:

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I’m imagining you watching each match and scoring them, ala big davey meltzer

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I think he’s the best all rounder WWE have right now, perhaps even in the world - can work a great match with anyone be it singles or tag, over with the audience both as a face and a heel and you can stick him on at the bottom of the card or in the main event and it’ll work.

Also it’s obvious he absolutely loves wrestling, his enthusiasm when he commentated on that cruserweight tournament a few years back was brilliant, was like they let a 12 year old fan in to do it.

I think a certain section of people are underwhelmed with what’s been done with him since his return from retirement but I think it’s been pitched pretty well, he’s had some great matches and put a lot of people over (as well as from what I understand doing more behind the scenes stuff and helping others) and currently is sitting around the upper mid card which I think for him personally is where he is most comfortable.

He’s not my favourite of all time but he’s still an easy 5 and I think he’s still got a lot of great matches left in him and even some MOTY contenders with the right opponent, especially with some of the guys in NXT

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I mean I am using the list of his star ratings to compile these so you’re not far off

Regarding G.O.A.T conversations you could make a case for others if bell-to-bell work was the only criteria, but when you factor in all other ingredients I personally feel he’s a step above. You could honestly pick out any one of his late 2000’s years and it would decimate most careers.

The Morishima / KENTA matches in ROH, El Generico and Hero series in PWG, Nigel, London, Roderick, Homicide feuds in ROH, comedy in PWG with London and Omega, general work in Japan/Mexico/Europe, the emotional connection in his WWE return, making great out of so much shit (Team Hell No and countless others) WM30, giving Kofi the moment, nice lad, living his best life…i’m rambling now…

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I think this is probably about right overall looking back, but at the same time the Mania return felt like it could have been given a bigger match and the Miz feud still feels underbaked considering the near 10 years of history between them and the heat they got on Talking Smack while he was out of action. I can understand people thinking WWE could have made more out of him, even though he’s doing exactly what you’d usually expect someone in the twilight of their career to be doing in putting others over with some of his best ever work.

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going through the match list, 2018 reads fucking terribly until he turns heel and wins the title right at the end of the year…

So easily a 5, probably the best pure technician of all time when you factor in his psychology and the sheer amount of different stories he’s able to tell in the ring. A great promo on top of that, and a lovely guy.
Got me back into wrestling almost single handedly in my early 20s with his feud with nigel mcguinness and then later tyler black (seth) in roh back in 2009.

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