Daniel Bryan's Retirement Speech is a Great Ending to an Even Greater Career

As soon as this week's RAW started, I just wanted to know what was happening with Daniel Bryan. Announcing his retirement on Twitter was bizarre, to say the least. A big part of me had hopes that the entire thing was kayfabe. I thought Kevin Owens, The Undertaker or Shinsuke Nakamura would come out and challenge Bryan to a match at WrestleMania. I quickly realized it was real. Daniel Bryan was retiring from in-ring competition.

As the show slowly moved forward, I began to feel anxious. I didn't want to see Bryan anymore. Not if it meant seeing him retire. And while Raw had great moments delivered by the likes of Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose, the New Day and the Dudley Boyz, I didn't particularly enjoy any of them. I was just so sad. I knew the moment was coming. And even if I knew, nothing prepared me to see his farewell speech.

It was so majestic. Even if DB did his best to keep it cool, and even if the crowd was fantastic, the atmosphere was so sad. Bryan never broke down. Even if he got choked up a couple of times, he managed to deliver a beautiful speech, talking about his time in the indies, his family and his emotions. The whole thing was a painful reminder of why we all idolize him. I mean, I like guys like Roman and Brock as much as the next guy. And the fact that their plan A was football is nothing to be ashamed of. But you immediately feel closer to a guy whose dream was to wrestle ever since he was a little kid. You could simply tell how much he loves wrestling. It was heartbreaking.

 As far as the future goes, I'm not sure where Daniel Bryan goes from here. NXT trainer? Commentator? Full-time dad? Whatever it end ups being, he must not fear: fans around the globe will never forget his contributions to this hard, life-threatening industry. Contributions we will not fully comprehend for years to come. #ThankYouDanielBryan

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