Daniel Bryan joins the New Jersey Devils for WWE Night
NEWARK, N.J. — Before he returns to SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday, Daniel Bryan made a stop at the Prudential Center to join the New Jersey Devils for their first-ever WWE Night, a celebration of all things WWE.
Superstar entrance music echoed through the arena as fans filed in for a showdown in the rink between the Devils and the Edmonton Oilers. Die-hard hockey fans and members of the WWE Universe comingled in the concourse ahead of the game’s start, gathering around a collection of WWE artifacts that featured The New Day’s Pop-cycle, the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy and a statue of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
Before the Devils hit the ice, Bryan stopped by the locker room to meet several members of the team, including goaltender Corey Schneider, Brian Gibbons and Jimmy Hayes, a huge WWE fan. The Devils presented SmackDown’s General Manager with a custom jersey, and Bryan returned the favor with a WWE Championship.
As the first puck-drop neared, fans were treated to a thrilling video package on the largest in-arena scoreboard in the world, featuring some of sports-entertainment’s biggest moments alongside highlights from the Devils’ three Stanley Cup-winning seasons.
Bryan kept spirits high with a rousing pre-game speech, while team mascot NJ Devil rallied the crowd dressed as several WWE Superstars and Legends, including John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and even Bryan.
The leader of the “Yes!” Movement continued to put smiles on faces throughout the game, handing out WWE prize packs to lucky contest winners and stopping for selfies and autographs with fans. The Devils family even took time to think of Bryan’s family, as the players’ wives presented him with a gift for his daughter, Birdie.
WWE Night left Devils fans and WWE fans alike in good spirits as they headed out into the November night. It set the stage perfectly for WWE’s return to the Prudential Center on Tuesday, Dec. 19, for SmackDown LIVE.