It was April 3, , Wrestlemania Two in particular, were prepping for a United States Championship showdown. One had been on a tremendous roll since returning from a months-long release at SummerSlam. The other is now a former WWE Superstar that was on a rather pronounced losing streak before taking the US title from his opponent just weeks earlier on Raw. It should have been an exciting few hours for both men.
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On March 20, , Bryan was formally cleared to return to in ring action, and he has pledged to wrestle again. Prior to joining WWE for his second stint in , Danielson wrestled for various companies internationally using both his real name and the ring name and later nickname "American Dragon". From May to December and from April , Bryan was either injured or recovering from injury.
Soon after he started wrestling professionally, Danielson received a WWE developmental contract, but not long after that the two sides cut ties. By it seemed like he was destined to be an indie icon who never made it to the major leagues. But then, shockingly, he was signed by WWE and sent at his own request to their developmental territory — presumably to become acclimated to the WWE style of match building and its rings, which are much larger than those in ROH and just about everywhere else. Or, rather, when WWE allows him to fail. When NXT proved successful, it segued straight from sidebar to storyline, as the whole cast invaded Raw and demanded respect. They interceded during a John Cena—CM Punk match to wreak havoc, and Bryan attacked ring announcer Justin Roberts which was part of the script and choked him with his necktie which was, presumably, improvised. An odd hubbub ensued, purportedly because Mattel, maker of WWE action figures and ergo the source of a significant chunk of WWE income, complained that the act was too violent for their younger audience, and Bryan was unceremoniously fired.
Danielson was previously signed to WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation WWF , for an month period from —, and made additional uncontracted appearances for the promotion until Prior to joining WWE for his third stint in , Danielson wrestled for various companies internationally using both his real name and the ring name American Dragon, which later became his nickname. From May to December and from April to March , Bryan was either injured or recovering from injury. In February , Danielson retired from professional wrestling due to medical issues including seizures arising from multiple concussions and a brain lesion. In March , Bryan was formally cleared by doctors and returned to in-ring competition at WrestleMania Bryan Lloyd Danielson was born on May 22, , in Aberdeen, Washington ,  the son of a lumberjack and a therapist. His parents got divorced when he was young. During his childhood, Danielson was shown a professional wrestling magazine by a friend and since became a fan of wrestling.