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Daniel Bryan: Climbing to glory - part 2
Sept. 19, 2010 – In a moment of sheer destiny, Night of Champions became the Night of Bryan, when the up-and-comer captured the illustrious United States Championship from his former WWE Pro The Miz. (WATCH)
Bryan: “Successes I have had – like winning [the US Title] – are very special to me because they validate those people who have believed in me. Those are the people that I care about. I don’t care what the doubters like Michael Cole think.”
April 3, 2011 – Bryan fulfilled a life-long dream, making his WrestleMania debut in an epic United States Championship Lumberjack Match turned Battle Royal featured as a WrestleMania XXVII DVD exclusive.
Bryan: “To tell you the truth, I have mixed feelings about WrestleMania. In a way, it was part of what really brought me down to earth because I knew the WWE Universe wouldn’t see me in WrestleMania until the DVD. And then you start to ask yourself, ‘have I lost the momentum I had worked so hard to gain in my career?’ Still, being part of that incredible event, on The Grandest Stage of Them All, is something I will never forget.”
April 26, 2011 – Bryan would soon head to SmackDown as part of the 2011 WWE Draft, a move that would ultimately prove a catalyst in his dedicated pursuit of distinction. He would now have the chance to prove his greatness against a whole new roster of elite Superstars including Christian, Kane, Ezekiel Jackson and Cody Rhodes.
Bryan: “Being drafted to SmackDown was the best thing that has even happened to me. It truly gave me a chance to show what I could do on television like never before.”
July 17, 2011 – In an epic showdown at WWE Money in the Bank, Bryan rose to prominence, capturing the coveted contract in the briefcase by overcoming Kane, Wade Barrett, Sheamus, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Sin Cara and Cody Rhodes in a knockdown, drag-out battle for glory. (PHOTOS)
Bryan: “There’s major symbolism in my winning this opportunity in a Ladder Match. I’ve had to go through so much just to get here, let alone to get to that match and to win it. Overcoming the odds has been a treacherous road and most definitely a long climb to success.”
July 22, 2011 – Rather than conceal the moment he will cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase – a method perceived by some in the past to be a more opportunistic, yet somehow less than honorable way to win the World Title – Daniel Bryan proclaimed the exact time and place just five days later on SmackDown … the main event at WrestleMania XXVIII. (WATCH)
Bryan: “I have made my intentions clear since the first moment I came to WWE NXT. And now, I will fulfill that goal, on my terms, with the help of the Money and the Bank briefcase.”
April 1, 2012 – In a career defined by its disappointments as well as its triumphs, Bryan has shined as a Superstar with unlimited desire. Following his stunning WrestleMania announcement on SmackDown, the WWE Universe waits in eager anticipation to find out if his grandest moment is still on the horizon. (BRYAN CAREER PHOTOS)