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Top 15 Possible Retirement Matches For Daniel Bryan

The story of World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Daniel Bryan has been filled with roller coaster twists and turns and ups and downs since he first appeared on the original edition of NXT. Bryan was, despite his obvious abilities inside of the ring, made to look foolish multiple times on NXT before he was given a chance to shine on the main WWE roster. The undersized “American Dragon” then got over with crowds despite some lackluster booking that was meant to keep him in the midcard, and he ultimately worked in the main event of a WrestleMania, where he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Bryan's WWE career has largely gone downhill since that monumental moment, most notably because of serious injuries and concussion issues. There were, earlier in the summer months of 2015, rumors swirling throughout the Internet that Bryan may be forced to retire because of the punishment that he has sustained during his wrestling career, and even Bret “Hitman” Hart made similar comments when speaking about Bryan. Those whispers have not, as of the posting of this piece, been confirmed as accurate by Bryan or by the WWE, and the hope supposedly remains that Bryan will one day be able to return as an active wrestler.

Assuming that Bryan will never again physically be able to consistently work matches for the WWE or for any other company, he could still nevertheless have one last match left in him. The previously mentioned Bret Hart has, for example, performed in multiple matches after being forced to “retire” because of the brain traumas he had suffered in the past. So long as Bryan and his opponent would take it easy and make sure that both worked a relatively safe contest, the former WWE champion should be able to have a retirement match in the company before he rides off into the sunset and to his next endeavor.

15 Kurt Angle

via pwmania.com

14 Big Show

via nexterawrestling.net

13 Kane

via bleacherreport.com

12 The Miz

via youtube.com

11 William Regal

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10 Dave Taylor

via prowrestling.wikia.com

9 Sheamus

via ign.com

8 Seth Rollins

via wrestlingmedia.org

7 Christopher Daniels

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6 Chris Jericho

via bleacherreport.com

5 Cesaro

via rmsports.com

4 Samoa Joe

via wwe.com

3 Triple H

via bleacherreport.com

2 John Cena

via eonline.com

1 Shawn Michaels

via wwelivetv.com

One of the cruelest things that the WWE has done to fans in recent memory was to even tease that Shawn Michaels, who once trained Bryan, would work a future match with his former student. Michaels has repeatedly said that his second WrestleMania loss to The Undertaker would serve as his last match in the WWE and as an active in-ring worker. Exceptions can be made, particularly in the wrestling industry if history is any indication, and Bryan versus Michaels is the retirement match that fans of both wrestlers would want to see and the retirement match that fans deserve. Make it so.

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Top 15 Possible Retirement Matches For Daniel Bryan