Before joining WWE Daniel Bryan fought for several federations of the independent circuit using both his real name and the name and later nickname "The American Dragon" From 2002 to 2009 he fought in the Ring of Honor, where he held the ROH World Championship and was the last athlete to hold the ROH Pure Championship (unifying the two titles), as well as the first winner of the annual Survival of the Fittest tournament.
in 2004. Along with CM Punk and Tyler Black he is one of three athletes to have won both the ROH World Championship and the WWE Championship. Danielson fought 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.
He has also won numerous titles on the independent circuit, including two PWG World Championships, the FIP World Heavyweight Championship and the wXw World Heavyweight Championship, as well as numerous accolades from publications such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated, which in 2013 also placed him in the first place.
'annual ranking of the 500 best athletes in 2014, Rolling Stone and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by Dave Meltzer who voted him the best athlete of the 2000s. WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson answered several questions on the second episode of For The Heat on AdFreeShows.com.
Bischoff gave his thoughts on the ongoing Daniel Bryan situation, and the former SmackDown Executive Director felt that the superstar would return to WWE.
Eric Bischoff talks about Daniel Bryan
"Well, I think he may be under a little bit of pressure from his step-father-in-law and all of you who are listening who don't know, it's a little bit of a family affair going on in the WWE with regards to the Daniel Bryan family because Johnny Laurinaitis, aka, Johnny Ace is the head of the talent relations, the guy who has the responsibility to sign new talent and manage existing talent, umm, he is actually Daniel Bryan's father-in-law.
A little weight, isn't it?" noted Eric Bischoff. Eric Bischoff predicted that Daniel Bryan would sign a new contract with WWE, not as an active talent but a member of the WWE Creative team. "I've only worked with Daniel Bryan briefly.
My thinking is that he is going to come back to WWE, perhaps not as a performer, as talent; I see him on the creative side of the table. I think he is a very creative guy. He's got good instincts. I know that Vince McMahon respects him.
I experienced that while I was there, so my bet, he will re-sign with WWE, but he will get more involved either in creative or as a producer," added Bischoff.