For the past 24 years, Pro Wrestling Illustrated has listed the top 500 performers in the industry. Despite being injured, Daniel Bryan was given the top honor this year. It is the first time that he has been ranked as the top wrestler in the world. He managed to beat out fellow WWE stars, Randy Orton and John Cena. Among the notable newer performers in the top ten were Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns.
September 26, 2014
Brie Bella recently gave WWE fans some hope when she revealed that Daniel Bryan was no longer going to need a second surgery to repair his neck injury. Many were expecting him to return by January, which happens to be the month that Royal Rumble 2015 takes place. However, reports are now surfacing that WWE is trying to see if Bryan can make his return at Survivor Series 2014 instead.
September 9, 2014
During a media interview to promote Total Divas, Brie Bella revealed that Daniel Bryan would not be needing the second surgery that has long been rumored to repair his neck injury. She stated that her husband was gaining the strength back in his right arm and could be back as soon as three months, which would enable WWE to have him make a surprise return at Royal Rumble 2015.
September 7, 2014
WWE decisions are sometimes garbage, according to Batista. During a recent podcast interview with Chris Jericho, the former world heavyweight champion stated that he was disgusted by how the creative department utilized Daniel Bryan after he was put over at Wrestlemania 30. Batista felt that Bryan should have been allowed to sell the injuries from the previous night because it would have added to his lovable underdog character.
August 31, 2014
Yesterday, it was revealed that WWE had pulled Daniel Bryan from the upcoming European tour in November. The former world heavyweight champion was scheduled to make appearances at the live events on that continent. Reports are now surfacing that management made the decision to pull him from the tour because Bryan has received confirmation from doctors that a second surgery is needed to repair his neck injury.
August 29, 2014
It looks like Daniel Bryan will not be joining WWE in Europe after all. The company has decided to pull advertisement featuring the former world heavyweight champion from upcoming live events in Europe. Initially, management wanted him to make appearances on those shows in order to draw in more of an audience. However, they have changed their minds and are allowing Bryan to remain at home and focus on recover.
August 28, 2014
With so much speculation in the air on his condition, it looks like Daniel Bryan will be making a return to WWE in November. Unfortunately, though, he will not be wrestling when he does come back. Management has advertised Bryan to be at the live events that the company is hosting in Europe later on this year. The feeling is that WWE needs all the star power that they can get to draw in the audience.
August 26, 2014
While a lot of fans are under the impression that his return to WWE is a certainty, Daniel Bryan is not nearly as confident. He understands his body well enough, and he has spoken with quite a few doctors on the matter. Bryan is leaving open the possibility that he may never wrestle again because of the injured neck. The former world heavyweight champion has dismissed rumors that he will be back by Royal Rumble 2015.
August 16, 2014
In order to help promote her upcoming match at Summerslam 2014 against Stephanie McMahon, Brie Bella is on the road this weekend for WWE. The company is sending her and Nikki Bella to the Wizard World event in San Antonio. Brie is still on a reduced schedule, as management wants to give her time to be with Daniel Bryan while he is still recovering from his neck surgery.
August 2, 2014
With his health being quite the uncertainty at this point in time, there are all sorts of rumors floating around about the return of Daniel Bryan. The latest one has the former WWE champion coming back at Royal Rumble 2015. Much of that is speculation, though, since Bryan needs to go in for another surgery, and there's no telling how his body will react to the procedure.
August 2, 2014
To further their story line, WWE has revealed that Stephanie McMahon has invited Brie Bella to make an appearance on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. This should move them closer to the long rumored match at Summerslam 2014. The belief is that this also gives the company an opportunity to showcase Daniel Bryan and capitalize on the fame that he recently picked up by detaining a burglar.
July 28, 2014
While he is already revered by WWE fans, Daniel Bryan has now become a real life hero. The former world heavyweight champion and Brie Bella were coming home when they noticed that their front door was open. Upon realizing that they were being burglarized, Bryan immediately pursued one of the thieves and put him into a rear naked choke before police officers arrived on the scene to arrest him.
July 26, 2014
Fans in attendance at the Comic Con event in San Diego this week have a chance to meet Christopher Daniels. The former TNA star has a booth there to promote his comic book. Daniels was paid a visit by Daniel Bryan, who was sent to the show by WWE to help promote the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. The two of them had a nice talk and posed for a social media picture together.
July 25, 2014
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
For whatever reasons, Mick Foley took to social media this week to defend Batista, stating that it was unfair for fans to have this much hate towards him and his WWE return. Foley mentioned that Batista was at the wrong place at the wrong time because fans were so desperate to see Daniel Bryan being given a proper push. He also feels that not enough people are happy for Batista being featured in a big movie this summer.
July 14, 2014
While many are under the impression that he is temporarily holding the WWE Championship until Daniel Bryan can return from a serious neck injury, word coming out of backstage is that John Cena is expected to have a lengthy title reign. Management wants people to believe that his 15th title reign is very important, so they might keep the belt on him a long time to emphasize that.
July 12, 2014
Initially, Daniel Bryan had surgery to repair a seriously damaged neck. However, doctors found further issues for the former WWE champion recently. His shoulders are pretty messed up as well. Additional procedures could be required to repair all of the damage to his body. Bryan is out indefinitely, and there is no timetable backstage for his return.
July 10, 2014
By now, everyone should know that WWE has plans on pushing Roman Reigns into the main event scene. However, not everyone knows that the original plan was not this accelerated. Management has decided to pull the trigger much quicker on the Reigns push because of the absence of Daniel Bryan, who is still indefinitely on the sideline due to a serious neck injury. There are some concerns backstage that Reigns could be ruined if the push is rushed too quickly.
July 10, 2014
Some rumors have surfaced that Daniel Bryan is returning to WWE soon, and the cause of the confusion is over the fact that he was spotted in the ring with his wrestling gear on last night. The former world heavyweight champion was simply filming a public service announcement. Even though he informed the fans in the arena that he might still need another surgery to repair his damaged neck, some were still under the belief that he was coming back soon.
July 2, 2014
While there is still a chance that he was working the audience during his speech at Money in the Bank 2014, the topic of Daniel Bryan require a second surgery to repair his neck is a major issue for WWE. Reports are surfacing that if it is true that he needs to go under the knife again, there is a very good chance that Bryan could miss up to a year of action.
June 30, 2014
There is a feeling within the WWE locker room that management does not want Daniel Bryan back in the main event scene when he makes his return. Some are pointing out how he is being brought back in a minimum role at Money in the Bank 2014 as a sign of WWE downplaying his importance. Guys like Batista and Brock Lesnar would not be utilized in such a manner when they come back from their hiatus.
June 29, 2014
Those that have been following Mick Foley closely over the last year are aware that there is some sort of backstage heat between he and Vince McMahon. WWE has given him the cold shoulders on a couple of occasions. Foley has now revealed a possible source of that friction. He accidentally sent a message to McMahon while trying to send to Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan. The content of that message was Foley complaining about WWE not doing the right thing and putting Bryan over when his popularity was at its peak.
June 27, 2014
In a rather interesting bit of news, reports are surfacing that the audience at Monday Night Raw did not react much when WWE announced that Daniel Bryan would be making an appearance at Money in the Bank 2014. That comes as a surprise because he was really one of the most popular guys in the industry before he left to have surgery on his injured neck. It should be interesting to see how fans react to him at the pay per view itself.
June 24, 2014
Some bad news for those of you that hate John Cena. Rumors are pointing to him being at the head of the line as the next WWE champion. Cena is expected to win the title at Money in the Bank 2014. The belief is that the company wants to put the title back around the waist of their most proven draw. If Cena wins the belt again, potential feuds include Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan.
June 22, 2014
Some new rumors have popped up in regards to Brock Lesnar coming back to WWE. Since Daniel Bryan is still on the shelf, management wants to utilize Lesnar in a higher profile role. That desire might even cause the company to change their mind about who comes out as the new heavyweight champion at Money in the Bank 2014. Initially, the belief was that a heel was going to win the belt and feud with Bryan, but there is a strong chance now that a face will win, so that they can defend against Lesnar.
June 19, 2014
There's some potentially bad news if you're a big fan of Daniel Bryan, as rumors are now surfacing that he might not be healthy enough to make a return at Summerslam 2014 as previously predicted. WWE wants to be very careful with his situation, as something negative could trigger a big storm with the mainstream media. Bryan is featured heavily on Total Divas and is one of the more known stars now in the industry.
June 19, 2014
Rumors going around right now has WWE giving the world heavyweight championship to a heel at Money in the Bank 2014. The belief is that the company will set someone up to feud with John Cena and Daniel Bryan over the next few months. Antonio Cesaro has been rumored for a few weeks now, but some are skeptical of that because he hasn't been given a ton of momentum by WWE. Management will either hot shot the belt to Bray Wyatt or go with the safe route in Randy Orton.
June 16, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Daniel Bryan will be returning at Money in the Bank 2014 and being the mystery entrant in the ladder match to determine a new WWE champion. However, those speculations might have simply been fueled by fans who are hoping to see the massively popular Bryan back on television. Those within the company know that his medical condition is nowhere near 100 percent.
June 11, 2014
Rumors are heating up this afternoon that Daniel Bryan will be stripped of the WWE championship tonight. Monday Night Raw is expected to open up with an announcement from the Authority, where it will most likely be Stephanie McMahon and Triple H revealing to the wrestling world that Bryan is not healthy enough to perform, so a new champion will be crowned in the near future.
June 9, 2014
With the company still in limbo as to what to do with Daniel Bryan, rumors are coming out that WWE is thinking about doing two ladder matches at Money in the Bank 2014. The idea is to generate more interest for the pay per view since the world heavyweight champion is not around. The first MITB match would determine the new WWE champion, while the second one would set up the new challenger for the belt.
June 9, 2014
With Daniel Bryan injured, things are a bit hectic backstage in WWE, as he was the centerpiece story line. The situation backstage is made even worse by the fact that the company has seen its stock plummet. It has now gotten to the point where Vince McMahon himself is taking over more control of the creative department than usual. He has been making decisions on how to work around the Bryan injury.
June 8, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Daniel Bryan is going to work Money in the Bank 2014, even if he is not healthy enough to do so. The belief is that the WWE champion does not want to lose his place at the top of the card, as it took quite a bit of effort to get there in the first place. Bryan would not be the first wrestler to jeopardize his health in order to maintain his spot.
June 7, 2014
Some disturbing news is coming out of WWE. Word going around is that Daniel Bryan has been losing strength in his arm. The world heavyweight champion has been trying to rehabilitate after having much needed neck surgery, but things are not progressing as well as WWE had hoped. There is a very good chance that he will be missing more time than initially expected.
June 5, 2014
While WWE was severely disappointed with the fact that the previous episode lost viewers, management is extremely pleased that Total Divas drew in big numbers. The season finale, which featured the much anticipated wedding of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, drew in more than 1.5 million viewers. The third season has already been renewed and will make its debut this upcoming fall.
June 3, 2014
Some bad news for WWE this weekend, as it was reported that Daniel Bryan would not be cleared in time for Money in the Bank 2014. The company had been hoping to keep the belt on him, but it now appears that they are leaning towards giving the title to whoever wins the MITB ladder match. Doing this would enable WWE to allow Bryan even further time to recover from his neck injury.
June 3, 2014
On the surface, one of the more puzzling things that WWE has done over the last year is not giving Antonio Cesaro a face turn after his crowd reaction started growing by the week. Rumors have it that management has been hesitant to pull the trigger on that because they want to leave open the possibility of a WWE title feud between Cesaro and Daniel Bryan down the line.
June 2, 2014
A rather unusual thing took place during Payback 2014 last night, as several WWE fans were under the assumption that Stephanie McMahon had an accident with her bladder during his big segment with Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. However, the presumed wet spot on the backside of her dress was basically caused by the lighting in the arena. Stephanie continued to wear the dress backstage afterwards.
June 2, 2014
During the Payback 2014 pay per view, WWE did a segment where Stephanie McMahon demanded that Daniel Bryan make a decision about the world heavyweight championship. Instead of him giving up the belt that he chased for so long, Brie Bella told Stephanie that she was quitting WWE. Brie then gave a big slap to Stephanie. The belief is that Brie will be given some time off of television.
June 1, 2014
WWE is said to be putting a lot of stock into the upcoming Money in the Bank pay per view, and several names have been discussed to win the highly popular ladder match and a shot at Daniel Bryan and the heavyweight championship. The long awaited push for Antonio Cesaro might begin at the this event, as there are some backstage pushing for him to win the MITB briefcase.
June 1, 2014
It looks like Daniel Bryan has been healing a lot quicker than some expected, as WWE has been advertising his return at live events in June. The world heavyweight champion stated on Monday Night Raw that things were worse than expected, which immediately led many to believe that it was simply a ruse to add a little more suspense to his actual return date.
May 28, 2014
Approximately 300,000 fewer people watched Total Divas this week compared to the previous episode. That has caused a little bit of concern within WWE, as many expected viewership to rise as the series inches closer and closer to the big wedding between Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. Many expected the popularity of Bryan to help increase interest.
May 28, 2014
Since the company is hoping to build him back up to the main event level, Wade Barrett is expected to successfully retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship in his match against Rob Van Dam at Payback 2014. The former leader of Nexus will more than likely be fed another challenger next month as well. If things go as planned, he could be a future rival for Daniel Bryan.
May 27, 2014
One of the ideas being tossed around backstage in WWE right now is to put the heavyweight title on the line during the Money in the Bank match. Instead of having contestants fighting to see who gets a title shot, the winner would replace the injured Daniel Bryan as champion. Whoever wins could then be built up for a title program against Bryan, should he be able to come back to WWE later on this year.
May 26, 2014
While doing a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan revealed some interesting details about his name in WWE. He stated that management did not want him to use his real name of Bryan Danielson because they wanted to own the rights to it. Bryan also revealed that William Regal was the one that came up with his current name. Bryan also noted that Buddy Peacock and Lloyd Bonier were also suggested.
May 25, 2014
One of the more recognizable moves in WWE right now is the Daniel Bryan flying headbutt. It has become a big part of his repertoire. After his latest surgery, management is trying to convince Bryan to drop the move, as it has the potential to make his situation even worse than it is now. Some are citing the damage that it caused to Chris Benoit, who used that move routinely.
May 23, 2014
WWE is wrapping up their tour of Europe and the performers will be heading back to the United States. The next episode of Monday Night Raw is taking place in Tennessee, and Daniel Bryan, who recently had neck surgery, is being advertised to make an appearance. This could be a swerve by Stephanie McMahon to further sell the story line between the two.
May 21, 2014
During an interview with the Mirror in England, Stephanie McMahon was asked about a potential match against Brie Bella. The two have been feuding on screen as part of the program centered around WWE champion Daniel Bryan. Stephanie hinted that the match was a possibility and that she is always training. The feud would be heavily featured on Total Divas if it takes place.
May 20, 2014
There were widespread rumors floating around the internet today that Daniel Bryan was stripped of the WWE championship on the taped edition of Monday Night Raw in London. However, those reports were misconstrued. Stephanie McMahon actually stated that she was going to give Bryan a chance to lose his belt on the next episode, which means that he has not yet been officially stripped of the WWE belt.
May 19, 2014
For fans of Total Divas, one of the most anticipated events will be the wedding between Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. E! executives were hoping that this particular episode will generate the highest numbers since the series started. Unfortunately, though, WWE is doing the Payback 2014 pay per view on the same night that the wedding is expected to air.
May 19, 2014