Is "YES!" the new "WHAT?": Daniel Bryan and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin sound off!

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April 17, 2012

'Yes' sweeps across WWE Universe and popular culture

If there’s truth to the saying that actions speak louder than words, then those chants should have been “NO! NO! NO!” after Bryan coughed it up on The Grandest Stage of Them All just one night earlier. In the following weeks on SmackDown, the former World Heavyweight Champion would go on to dump former girlfriend AJ in less than classy fashion and slap WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. (WATCH)

Yet despite these nefarious actions, the "YES!" phenomenon has continued in arenas the world over, including at venues all across WWE’s recent European tour and especially rampant during Raw SuperShow in London on April 16.

In the meantime, the chant has begun to creep into other entertainment media. Reports have emerged documenting "YES!" chants at major sporting events, including at a Miami Heat basketball game and a New York Mets baseball game. The proliferation of the strange battle cry across the WWE Universe and beyond since that Monday night in Miami has led many to question what might be behind this apparent backing of the former World Heavyweight Champion, and just how long it might continue.

To steal a phrase, then, is that "the bottom line" on the matter? Has "YES!" now officially replaced "WHAT?" around the WWE Universe?  And if so, for how far will the strange occurrence spread?