Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) – Biography, Wrestling Career, and Personal Life


Bryan Danielson, who was famously known as Daniel Bryan in WWE, is an American Professional wrestler who is currently active on the All Elite Wrestling promotion. He has also worked in Big promotions like WWE and Ring of Honor. He was one of the top WWE stars during starting, and he was extremely popular among the fans when he worked in WWE.

Daniel Bryan Height, Weight, Age & More:

Daniel Bryan is 5’10” tall and weighs 210 lbs. Bryan is currently active in All Elite Wrestling, and before that, he worked in WWE, where he was a top star. He is also a former five-time WWE World Champion. Bryan was born on May 22, 1981, and is 42 years old.

Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: Twitter

Daniel Bryan: Age, Height, Weight, Wife, Net Worth, Family, Injury Details, Tattoo, and Other Unknown Facts

Daniel Bryan’s Early Life

Bryan was born on May 22, 1981. Aberdeen, Washington DC, was the place where Daniel Bryan was born. He had a difficult childhood since his father was an alcoholic, and his mother divorced him. Even though they remained in touch, one of his friends showed him a wrestling magazine in childhood, and he has been a wrestling fan since.

Who is Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan is an American Professional wrestler currently active in Al Elite Wrestling. He has worked in other big promotions like WWE and Ring of Honor. He was one of the biggest stars of WWE during his time, and he had been a former five-time WWE World champion.

Daniel Bryan’s WWE Debut

Bryan made his WWE debut in 2000, but that was mainly as a developmental talent. He made his WWE debut as Daniel Bryan in 2009 and was one of the inaugural NXT tournament participants. Much like most Other NXT participants, he became a member of the WWE roster later.

Professional Wrestling Career

Early Days

Daniel Bryan started his professional wrestling career back in 1999. He appeared in WWE during the time mainly as an enhancement talent. In 2002 and 2003, he made multiple appearances on the secondary shows of WWE like Velocity and Heat, but all of them were losing efforts against the likes of John Cena and Jamie Noble. All of them were losing efforts.
He was an early member, joining the Ring Of Honor in 2002. He was recognized as ‘The Founding Father’ of the promotion. He spent years in Ring Of Honor and won multiple championships from the promotion. He also worked on other independent circuit promotions, including in Japan.

NXT Competition

In 2009, he returned to WWE, and this time, he started working as a participant in the inaugural NXT tournament. After NXT season 1 was over, he became a member of the WWE roster. At first, he was one of the members of the Nexus faction, but later, he left the Nexus to team up with John Cena against the Nexus.

Mid Card Push in WWE

At first, WWE wanted to push him as a mid-card, and that was precisely what they were doing. He was primarily a middle card and sometimes made as an upper mid-card. He did win the Money in the Bank ladder match in 2011 along with the World Heavyweight Championship, but the Heavyweight title became an upper mid-card title by then, and it was not a very serious deal anymore.

Humiliation at WrestleMania 28

At WrestleMania 28, he walked in as the World Heavyweight Champion to defend the title against the Royal Rumble winner, Sheamus. Everybody was expecting a five-star quality match, but it took only 18 seconds for Sheamus to beat Bryan and take his title away. Fans were highly disappointed by this booking, which is still remembered as one of the most significant missed opportunities in WrestleMania history.

Team Hell No

In the same year, he formed a tag team with Kane, and their team was known as Team Hell No. In a short time, this team became one of the most significant successes in WWE. It is remembered as one of the best tag teams WWE has ever produced. It was fun to watch, and this unlikely team also helped Bryan become a fan favorite.

WWE Champion

At SummerSlam 2013, Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship. But Triple H, who was representing the Authority, betrayed Bryan and helped Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract successfully on Bryan just after he won the title. This started a feud between Bryan and the Authority.

Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: Twitter

Main Eventing WrestleMania XXX – Yes! Movement

The feud between Daniel Bryan and the Authority was one of the best feuds of the time. The original plan for Bryan was to face Triple H at WrestleMania XXX, and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was planned between Randy Orton and Batista. The Animal even won the Royal Rumble match and earned the opportunity to challenge Randy Orton.
But the fans were not ready to accept Batista, nor did they want the originally planned match between Randy Orton and Batista. They wanted Daniel Bryan on the main event. Batista was receiving such an adverse reaction that WWE had no choice but to include Bryan in the main event of WrestleMania XXX, making it a triple-threat match.
The original match between Triple H and Bryan took place too, but there was a condition; the winner would be added to the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Bryan won the match and earned the right to join the main event. He also won the main event of WrestleMania XXX to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It is still considered one of the best matches in WWE history.

Professional Information Table

Ring NameDaniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan Nick NamesThe American Dragon
Profession(s)Professional Wrestler
Daniel Bryan Height5’10”
Daniel Bryan Weight210 lbs.
Relationship StatusMarried
Daniel Bryan’s Net Worth$12 Million
Daniel Bryan’s Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorLight Brown
Wrestling Debut 1999
MentorWilliam Regal
Daniel Bryan Signature MovesAnkle lock, European uppercut, Indian deathlock, Suplex, Dragon sleeper
Finishing Move(s)Yes!” Lock, Knee Plus, Heel Hook
Theme Song / Daniel Bryan Song / Daniel Bryan MusicBorn For Greatness (AEW)
CatchphrasesYes! Yes! Yes!, No!, No! No!

Daniel Bryan’s Net Worth & Salary

According to reports from Sportskeeda, Bryan’s net worth is around $12 million. Sportskeeda also suggests that Bryan’s current salary is $2 million. Bryan is currently active in AEW, and the mentioned promotion pays him. Bryan left WWE in 2021, and before leaving the climb, his salary at WWE was $1.2 million.

Daniel Bryan Family

Bryan is the son of Donald Orrin Danielson and Darlene Jean Danielson. His parents got divorced when Bryan was a child, but they stayed in touch. Bryan is currently married to former WWE star and WWE Hall of Famer Brie Bella. They married in 2014 and live in Washington, United States, with their daughter and son.

Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: Twitter

Championships and Accomplishments

Bryan has won multiple big championships throughout his professional wrestling career. We must not forget that he was one of the biggest stars of WWE during his time in the promotion. He has won five world championships in WWE, including titles like the Tag Team and mid-card Championships.

Daniel Bryan Championships and Accomplishments Table

Championships and Accomplishments / Trophy (WWE)WWE Championship (4 times), World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time), WWE United States Championship (1 time), WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kane, WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rowan, Money in the Bank (SmackDown 2011), Match of the Year (2019) vs. Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 35, 26th Triple Crown Champion, Sixth Grand Slam Champion (under current format; 15th overall), Slammy Award (12 times)
Awards & Achievements (Outside WWE)AEW Dynamite Awards (2 times),
APW Worldwide Internet Championship (1 time), King of the Indies (2001),
World Heavy-Middleweight Championship (1 time), World Heavy-Middleweight Championship Tournament (2003),
CBS Sports – Best Promo of the Year (2018) – Promo during TLC kickoff show, Comeback Wrestler of the Year (2018),
CTWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Low Ki
Evolve – Match of the Year (2010) vs. Munenori Sawa on September 11
NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
FIP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Expo Tournament (2008),
IWA Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
MCW Southern Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time), MCW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Spanky,
NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Curry Man, Best of the American Super Juniors (2004)
PWG World Championship (2 times),
Pro Wrestling Illustrated – Comeback of the Year (2018), Feud of the Year (2013) vs. The Authority, Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (2014), Match of the Year (2013) vs. John Cena at SummerSlam, Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2013), Wrestler of the Year (2013), Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014
GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
ROH Pure Championship (1 time), ROH World Championship (1 time), Survival of the Fittest (2004), ROH Hall of Fame (Class of 2022),
Sports Illustrated – Ranked No. 10 of the top 10 men’s wrestlers in 2018, Ranked No. 5 of the top 10 wrestlers in 2021,
TWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Spanky,
TWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
wXw World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), Ambition 1 (2010)
WSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
Wrestling Observer Newsletter – Best Non-Wrestler (2017), Best on Interviews (2018), Best Pro Wrestling Book (2015) – Yes: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania with Craig Tello, Best Pro Wrestling DVD (2015) – Daniel Bryan: Say Yes! Yes! Yes!, Best Technical Wrestler (2005–2013, 2021–2022), Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2007) vs. Takeshi Morishima at ROH Manhattan Mayhem II, Most Outstanding Wrestler (2006–2010), Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Decade (2000–2009), Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2016)
RecordsDefeated Randy Orton and Batista at WrestleMania XXX to win the Undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: Twitter

Personal life & Lifestyle

Bryan lives in Washington, United States, with her wife, Brie Bella, a former WWE Divas Champion and a WWE Hall of Famer. The wrestling couple got married in 2014, and together, they have two children: their daughter is Birdie Danielson, and their son is Buddy Dessert.

Personal Information Table

Daniel Bryan Real Name / Full NameBryan Lloyd Danielson
Birth Date      May 22, 1981
Daniel Bryan Age42
Relationship StatusMarried
Daniel Bryan Zodiac SignGemini
BirthplaceAberdeen, Washington
Daniel Bryan NationalityAmerican
Daniel Bryan HometownAberdeen, Washington
School/College/UniversityAberdeen High School
Educational QualificationGraduate
Daniel Bryan ReligionNo Information Available
Daniel Bryan EthnicityWhite
Current ResidenceWashington, United States
Daniel Bryan HobbiesWrestling, gymming, shopping, traveling
Daniel Bryan TattooNone

Daniel Bryan Movies and TV Shows

Bryan did not appear in many movies or television series. However, he gave voiceover to the 2015 animation movie The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! He appeared in a couple of documentaries, too. He has also been featured as a playable character in multiple wrestling video games.

Daniel Bryan Wife

Bryan’s wife is former WWE star Brie Bella, a WWE Hall of Famer. She worked in WWE alongside her twin sister, Nikki Bella, and they were highly famous among wrestling fans. Brie Bella has also been a former WWE Divas Champion. Bella and Bryan married in 2014 and are living a happy life together.

Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: Twitter

Life After WrestleMania XXX

WrestleMania XXX was not the first time Daniel Bryan won the WWE championship. He won it two more times previously. But the victory at Wrestlemania 30 was the most impactful since this is what the fans wanted, and it was more of a dream come actual moment for the fans.

First Retirement

WWE had big plans for him as a champion. But soon after winning the WWE title, he had to vacate it due to a neck injury. Unfortunately, he could never return to action, and in February 2016, he broke the hearts of millions of fans when he announced his retirement after he suffered multiple concussions. There was no way he could wrestle anymore.
WWE had big plans for him as a champion. But soon after winning the WWE title, he had to vacate it due to a neck injury. He made his in-ring return after several months; this time, we were given a mid-card run. He won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 31, a Ladder match. But again, Bryan faced an injury and had to vacate the title by a month after winning the championship.
This was Bryan’s last time in an in-ring competition before his first retirement. In February 2016, he broke the hearts of millions of fans when he announced his retirement since he suffered multiple concussions and there was no way he could wrestle anymore. He was in his prime before announcing his retirement.

Return to Action – WWE Champion

He was so over with the fans that WWE did not risk taking him off the screen. He became the General Manager of Smackdown and did a great job as a non-wrestling personnel. Fortunately, he returned to action in 2018 at WrestleMania 34. In November, he defeated AJ Styles to win the WWE Championship.
By this time, he turned a heel and did an excellent job as a heel. Despite being so over with the fans, he did a fantastic job of gaining heat from the fans. Before Kofi Mania began, he dropped the title to Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 35. It would always remain an example of how to gain heat even after being so over with the fans.

Main Eventing WrestleMania 37

At the end of his WWE run, he earned the right to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 37. It was initially a triple-threat match where Edge was also a challenger for the title. After losing this opportunity, he stepped up to rechallenge Reigns for the title, this time in a one-on-one match in an episode of Smackdown, and he lost again.

Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: Twitter

Transition to AEW

After losing this match, he left WWE and joined AEW, which was the new giant in the wrestling market. Since then, he has been active on AEW and never returned to WWE. Some of his fans were mad at him for joining the rival promotion. So far, there is no news on if he will ever return to WWE. But the WWE fans are hopeful to see him back in their favorite promotion someday in the future.

Iconic Quotes From Daniel Bryan

“My favorite Wrestler growing up was Dean Malenko. He was a very technical wrestler, and when I trained with Shawn Michaels, he wasn’t that kind of a technical wrestler. So, when I finally met Regal in 2001, he was that kind of a wrestler, and all of a sudden, I could ask him things, and he would know what I was talking about and how to do it.”
“Wrestling is different to me. As I talk to other wrestlers, wrestling seems a little different to me than it does to many of them. To me, it’s about an artistic performance and about honing my artistic performance in pursuit of these minute moments of perfection. These little encapsulations. And none of them are ever perfect.”
“I think of Bret Hart as somebody who held the Intercontinental championship, like the World Heavyweight championship. Every title match he was in felt important like it was the most important thing on the show. The way he carried himself and the matches he had, it was just everything I thought a champion should be.”
“I like going to Japan, where they treat it like a real sport. I like doing the entertainment stuff with the WWE. I like doing the small venue stuff, like Ring of Honor, because everything is so intimate. There are different feelings and experiences; you must be good at different things to do all that.”
“I’ve been wrestling since I was 18 years old. And within the first five months of my wrestling career, I’d already had three concussions. And for years after that, I would get a concussion here and there, and it gets to the point that when you’ve been wrestling for 16 years, that adds up to many concussions.”
“Every year, I say the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl. There’s no doubt in my mind every single year. And you have to remember this was well before the Seahawks were good. This was, like, 2-14, drafting Rick Mirer Seahawks. I would still be saying they would win the Super Bowl.”
“My brain is – essentially, you take any college football player in the country because I have had multiple concussions. I had ten documented concussions, four post-concussion seizures, and so, but, with that said, my brain is no worse than your average college football player’s brain, right?”
H/T – brainyquote.com

Notable Feuds and Rivalries of Daniel Bryan

Bryan had multiple feuds throughout his career; some had a high impact. Bray Wyatt had been one of his biggest rivals in many forms. Triple H has also been a big rival to him, who helped him become a top star. Triple H elevated him properly before his epic WrestleMania XXX main event win.
Kofi Kingston had been a big rival of Bryan as well. It was Bryan who helped Kofi to start the Kofi Mania at WrestleMania 35. We must not forget that Kofi defeated Bryan at WrestleMania 35 to win the WWE Championship. Roman Reigns had also been a big rival of Roman Reigns. The duo faced each other often, but in most cases, Roman Reigns left the ring with the victory.

Daniel Bryan Injury

Bryan suffered multiple injuries throughout his wrestling career, but in 2016, he was forced to retire from in-ring action because he faced too many concussions and could not wrestle anymore. It was heartbreaking for his fans since he was in his prime. Thankfully, he returned to action in 2018 and is still working in the ring.

Other Details

Bryan had a problematic childhood since his parents got divorced at an early age. Bryan was pretty shy at a young age and considered himself antisocial. Still, he played sports like football and track and field. Bryan and his sister delivered newspapers and later worked in McDonald’s to support their mother after her divorce.

Daniel Bryan Salary$2m
Brand Endorsements*
CharityA vocal supporter of LGBT+ rights
Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan. Image Credits: Twitter

Social Media Accounts

Daniel Bryan is active on both Twitter and Instagram with his verified account. His verified account of Twitter has a total of 4.4 million followers, and his verified Instagram account has a total followers of 3.4 million people. To follow him, click on these links: Daniel Bryan Twitter, Daniel Bryan Instagram
Daniel Bryan Win-Loss Record

PromotionWin %Draw %Loss %
1PW1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
2CW3 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
AAA0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (100.00%)
AAW1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
AEW47 (78.33%)2 (3.33%)11 (18.33%)
AEW/NJPW1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
AIW0 (0.00%)1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)
AIW/Hybrid0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (100.00%)
APW11 (64.71%)0 (0.00%)6 (35.29%)
CHIKARA5 (71.43%)0 (0.00%)2 (28.57%)
Dragon Gate USA3 (75.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (25.00%)
ECWA2 (66.67%)0 (0.00%)1 (33.33%)
EVOLVE2 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
FCW2 (28.57%)1 (14.29%)4 (57.14%)
FIP19 (55.88%)1 (2.94%)14 (41.18%)
FWA0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)3 (100.00%)
Independence Day1 (50.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (50.00%)
IWA-MS7 (63.64%)1 (9.09%)3 (27.27%)
JAPW1 (50.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (50.00%)
JCW (NJ)3 (75.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (25.00%)
MCW (Memphis)15 (45.45%)1 (3.03%)17 (51.52%)
MLW0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (100.00%)
NEW1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
NJPW58 (52.25%)7 (6.31%)46 (41.44%)
NOAH55 (53.40%)3 (2.91%)45 (43.69%)
NWA0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)1 (100.00%)
NXT1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
PWG30 (66.67%)3 (6.67%)12 (26.67%)
PWG/WXw1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
ROH120 (60.61%)10 (5.05%)68 (34.34%)
WWE524 (61.00%)25 (2.91%)310 (36.09%)
WWF1 (25.00%)0 (0.00%)3 (75.00%)
WXw13 (72.22%)0 (0.00%)5 (27.78%)
WXw/NOAH1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
TOTAL929 (60.25%)55 (3.57%)558 (36.19%)

Daniel Bryan Manager

Throughout his career, many names featured as Bryan’s managers. AJ Lee was the most crucial figure in playing the role of his manager, who did a fascinating job as his manager. Some other names also managed him occasionally, mostly his Tag Team partners during his singles matches.


Q. When did Daniel Bryan start wrestling?
A. Daniel Bryan started working in 1999
Q. How tall is Daniel Bryan in feet?
A. Daniel Bryan is 5’10” tall in feet
Q. Who is Daniel Bryan’s manager?
A. Daniel Bryan does not have a manager right now
What is the current Daniel Bryan song?
A. Daniel Bryan uses the song ‘Born for Greatness
Who is Daniel Bryan’s mother?
A. Daniel Bryan’s mother was Darlene Jean Danielson
Who is Daniel Bryan’s father?
A. Daniel Bryan’s father was Donald Orrin Danielson
Who is currently Daniel Bryan’s girlfriend?
A. Daniel Bryan is currently married to WWE Legend and a WWE Hall of Famer
Who is Daniel Bryan’s brother?
A. Jason Brown is the brother of Daniel Bryan
Q. How much is Daniel Bryan worth?
A. Daniel Bryan’s net worth is something around $12 million
In which year Daniel Bryan made his WWE debut?
A. Daniel Bryan made his WWE debut in 2009 as Daniel Bryan
In which year did Daniel Bryan win the World Heavyweight Championship?
A. Daniel Bryan won the World Heavyweight Championship in December 2011
Q. When did Daniel Bryan win the Undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
A. Bryan won the Undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion in 2014 at WrestleMania XXX

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