Daniel Bryan reveals what made him change his mind

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Daniel Bryan reveals what made him change his mind

Daniel Bryan is a five-time WWE world champion, having held the WWE Championship four times and the World Heavyweight Championship once, as well as winning the United States Championship once, respectively, the WWE Tag Team Championship as a member of Team Hell No ( with Kane), the Intercontinental Championship and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship with Rowan.

He was also the winner of SmackDown's Money in the Bank (2011), fought in the final meeting of several WWE paid events (including the 2013 edition of SummerSlam and WrestleMania XXX) and won the Slammy Award as Superstar of the Year (2013).

It is also the twenty-sixth athlete to boast the triple crown and the fifteenth to complete the Grand Slam with the new format (the new format is considered the sixth winner) in the history of WWE.

Daniel Bryan on what made him change his mind

In a recent interview on FOX, Daniel Bryan revealed what led to him deciding to join WWE: “It was actually when I started getting a decent amount of injuries and that kind of stuff, where I looked at my life and was like, OK, either I’m going to have to sign with WWE where I can save up enough money to where I can be kind of taken care of for the rest of my life or whatever, or I’m going to need to start looking at another path, where it’s like, I’ll still wrestle on the weekends, but I need to look at going to school.

And 2009 was a make or break year for me where I decided, OK, I’m gonna spend all year training MMA just because I’ve always wanted to do it and never just got the chance to do it, and I’m gonna work really hard at getting into WWE, because this is kind of my make or break year, and if that doesn’t work, I’m going to go back and start going to school and cut down on my independent dates and start working towards a normal life after this”.

Daniel Bryan wrestled for Ring of Honor (ROH) from 2002 to 2009, being recognized as a "Founding Father" of the promotion, where he was a one-time ROH World Champion and one-time Pure Wrestling Champion, at some point unifying both titles.

He was the first winner of ROH's annual Survival of the Fittest tournament in 2004. Daniel also wrestled extensively in Japan, winning the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship in Pro Wrestling Noah and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (with Curry Man) in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Between WWE, ROH and Japanese promotions, he held a dozen total championships.