Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thank You Daniel Bryan

If you are a new reader of my blog, I should let you in on a little secret. I am a huge profession wrestling fan. Have been my entire life. When I was younger I wanted to be an announcer for WWE. It is the main reason why I went to college for communications. Now that we went through that, we can continue with the post.

On Monday night Daniel Bryan (real name Bryan Danielson) retired from professional wrestling after a 16-year career.

He is most famous for his "Yes Movement" that you may know about even if you aren't a wrestling fan. 

He is also one of the most talented undersized athlete over any sport spectrum. 

During his retirement speech on Monday night, in his home state of Washington, Bryan tells us that he has to retire due to concussion related issues. WWE had been criticized in the past for how they handled Bryan's condition, but he is so lucky that they were stringent on his testing. 

Okay, now you all must really be confused. Steff, why are you telling us all of this? Fear not, there is always a reason. 

Bryan is all of 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds and won the biggest prize in the industry on its biggest night at Wrestlemania 30. He isn't the stereotypical build of a wrestler. He had to struggle and fight his way to be noticed, but the fans saw his passion and incredible talent and because of them he had the amazing career he did. Just watch the video and listen to the crowd. Its been almost two years and it still gives me chills.

I related so much to not only his character but him as a person. They tried to mold him into something, and he stayed true to himself. He wasn't ready to give up on his dream and kept clawing until he made it. I think that is something anyone can relate with. Even in a "scripted" environment, the fans would always side with Bryan even causing him to break character and throw creative for a loop. 

The path was never easy for Bryan, and he wouldn't have want it to be. His perseverance and drive are undefined and knowing he won't be back in the ring again is something I'm coming to deal with. 

What I'm trying to say is, no matter who you are and what your journey is there is always a way. If you want something bad enough you will work for it, with everything you have. If your dreams seem so far out of reach, just know that every small step you take is getting you closer. Daniel Bryan's career proved this and he will be remember forever for it. 

So even if you didn't know who Daniel Bryan was before this, I hope you know now. He made the best decision for not only his family but himself and in the end that is all that truly matters. Thank you for proving to the world that no mater how small you are you can dream as big as anyone. 

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