Former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan rose to superstardom in 2014 thanks to his organic rise as a babyface. This culminated in him winning both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships at WrestleMania 30 after Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista in a triple threat match. Spoiler for an episode of WWE NXT fueled a rumor about Daniel Bryan as well.
Last month on an episode of Friday Night Smackdown, Daniel Bryan faced off against Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship in the main event of the show. Despite competing to the best of his ability, Daniel Bryan was unable to win the match and was banned from Friday Night Smackdown as a result of his loss. His contract also expired back in May and many fans have been wondering where he will go next. Bryan knew WWE that he would be leaving before WrestleMania.
Matt Riddle recently spoke to WWE Deutschland on IGTV, where he revealed that seeing Daniel Brya win the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships at WrestleMania 30 in 2014 inspired him to make his way to WWE.
“Also, I’ll be honest, I saw Brock Lesnar beat the streak of The Undertaker. I was like, ‘I should probably get into WWE.’ That same night, Daniel Bryan became a double champion, I believe against Triple H and Batista. It was a big night for me. That was when all the MMA stuff was happening with me. I was happy with the WWE and I also saw a resurgence in pro wrestling.”