APTER THOUGHTS: THE RETIREMENT SPEECH OF DANIEL BRYAN

Posted February 8th, 2016 by Bill Apter

Daniel Bryan’s retirement speech was so emotional. He smiled yet held back obvious tears as the “yes” chants echoed throughout the Key arena in Seattle. As fans shouted his name in unison and he closed his eyes for a few moments you could almost feel him rewinding entire his career in his thoughts.

He told everyone that he cut his hair for a group called “Wigs For Kids” — a group of kids that make wigs for kids with cancer.
He spoke about all his concussions throughout the years and after 16 years of wrestling that is a lot of concussions and it gets to the point when the (doctors) tell you can’t wrestle any more.

More chants from the fans in the arena this one, “Thank You Daniel!”

A recent test revealed that “maybe my brain isn’t as good as I think it was.” He told the fans that he and his wife Brie want to start a family eventually so “with a heavy heart and the upmost sadness I officially announce my retirement” (11:12 PM EST). He said when he woke up this morning he felt nothing but gratitude because for 16 years he has gotten to do everything he has wanted to do.

He said he loved the Seattle Seahawks, the way the fans react to his entrance music, hitting the ropes and diving through them as it makes him feel like Superman. Another thing he loves is that he has wrestled in the parking lots of gas stations and in front of 70,000 fans in New Orleans. He spoke about his friendship with Kane and William Regal and strong children like Connor (Connor’s Cause) .

Daniel said that he (we) do this because they love to do it and that the fans got behind a 5’8 190lb guy and how grateful his is for that.
Tears came at 11:19 when he spoke about when his dad was at this very same arena and how proud it made him to see his son get a reaction like that and it was the last time his dad saw him wrestle — and how the fans made him feel so special.
Next he talked about how wrestling was how he met the most wonderful woman n the world — his wife — Brie.
He pointed out his mom, his sister, his friends, his wife and the wonderful fans.
“I am grateful,” he proclaimed once again.
He said tomorrow morning he starts a new life and he will not be a wrestler and asked for one last “yes” chant and the huge crowd gladly obliged. At that point his wife Brie came out and they kissed and hugged (11:24 EST).
He left the right and hugged his mother.
A WONDERFUL AND EMOTIONAL SPEECH AND THANK GOODNESS IT WAS NOT AN ANGLE.
YES, YES, YES. IT WAS PERFECT.

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