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VIDEO: ROH - Unified 8/12/06 (Nigel McGuinness vs Bryan Danielson)

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  • VIDEO: ROH - Unified 8/12/06 (Nigel McGuinness vs Bryan Danielson)

    Today's highlighted wrestler is "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson

    Bryan Danielson really needs little introduction to the wrestling world.

    Training under the watchful eye of Shawn Michaels at the Texas Wrestling Academy. He would get his first taste of wrestling abroad in Japan when he accompanied Michaels to the FMW promotion. Originally wrestling under a mask as the American Dragon, he would eventually shed the mask at the turn of the decade.

    His matches with the likes of Spanky, Low Ki, and others made wrestling fans take notice, and in 2002, he became a focal point of the newly formed Ring of Honor promotion, though victory wouldn't come until his third match, which he defeated Low Ki in a classic bout. He would lose some of that momentum with a loss to Spanky, but march to the tournament to crown an inaugural ROH Champion. He would fall in the semi-finals to Doug Williams, but rebounded by winning the APW Worldwide Internet Title from Super Dragon. In the fall, Dragon's hard luck continued, losing two finals, one for the ROH Tag Team Titles, and a second for the Number One Contender's Trophy.

    2003 saw a change, as he would begin wrestling full time under his real name of Bryan Danielson, keeping the American Dragon as a nickname. He would begin wrestling for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, even earning a shot at the PWG Title against Frankie Kazarian. He would split his time with both ROH and PWG, wrestling AJ Styles in a rather infamous match, in which AJ's arm would audibly crack during an Arm Ringer. In PWG, Danielson would begin a heated feud with Samoa Joe, then ROH World Heavyweight Champion. Danielson would also begin competing for IWA Mid-South, making it to the finals of the Ted Petty Invitational. The feud with Joe lasted through the year, until Joe defeated Danielson in a number one contender's match.

    2005 was a rough year for Danielson at first, in which he would take a break from wrestling after failing to win the ROH World Title. His return would spark a new era, as he defeated James Gibson for the title. The reign would last fifteen months, as Danielson defeated every one in front of him, defeating Naomichi Marufuji, KENTA, Nigel McGuinness, and many others. He would also begin an extended tour with Pro Wrestling NOAH. However, some would argue that this diverted attention cost him the title he worked so hard for.

    In 2007, he would rebound in a big way, winning the PWG World Heavyweight Title from El Generico. During this reign, he would again beat some of the best wrestlers PWG had to offer. In 2008, he would add the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title to his mantle. 2009 was a surreal year for Danielson. After a series of matches with Tyler Black, Danielson would announce his departure for WWE. However, he would once again win the PWG World Heavyweight Title before going.

    Danielson would debut in WWE under the new NXT brand. While he took some of WWE's best to the limit, he would go winless before joining the fledgling Nexus, in which he showed aggression the likes of which hadn't been seen in a long time. However, that aggression would see him fired for choking ring announcer Justin Roberts with his tie. Back on the Indy scene, Danielson made appearances in CHIKARA and PWG, as well as DGUSA and Evolve before returning at Summerslam.

    Upon his return, he set his sights on former NXT pro and US Champion, the Miz. He would defeat the Miz for the belt, eventually losing it to Sheamus. He would rebound by winning the Money in the Bank match, and cashed it in to win the World Heavyweight Title. After adding a lengthy run as tag champs with Kane, Bryan would find himself on his own again this time with his sights set on the top prize the WWE Title which he captured at SummerSlam 2013 after debuting the Busaiku Knee Kick borrowed from his old rival KENTA. After winning the title he was screwed over by Triple H who turned heel in the process and has screwed Bryan at every point since. This looks to be reaching a boiling point as it appears the two are on a collision at WrestleMania XXX.

    Bryan Danielson's submissions skills are second to none, and he has many to choose from. He's not afraid to take flight with a Suicide Dive, or a Springboard Plancha. He also has an array of Suplexes, such as the Tiger Neck Chancery. Over time, he submissions have evolved, with the Cattle Mutilation once being his finishing move of choice. He has since added more, such as the Heel Hook, the Triangle Hold, and the incredibly effective(and painful) LeBell/Yes/No Lock and with the recent addition of the Busaiku Knee Kick which may or may not be known now as Knee Plus.

    Here as the ROH World Champion he faces Pure Champion Nigel McGuinness in a Title Unification Match

    Here we go: Nigel McGuinness vs Bryan Danielson

    Cattle Mutilation

    CM Punk is prone face down on the mat, and against Bryan Danielson, that's one of the last places you want to be. Case in point, Danielson wastes no time hooking on the Cattle Mutilation.

    Avalanche Arm Breaker into the Cattle Mutilation

    Chris Hero's luck doesn't hold out, however. Bryan Danielson catches him up top, and brings him down in painful fashion with an Avalanche Armbreaker. The misery doesn't stop there, as Danielson goes right into the Cattle Mutilation.

    Bryan Danielson Counters the Pepsi Twist

    CM Punk thinks he's got Bryan Danielson on the downslide, and goes for the Pepsi Twist. Danielson, however, isn't quite that out of it, and ducks under the arm, and hooks on a nice Dragon Suplex Hold.

    The Top 20 Moves of Bryan Danielson

    Thanks for watching and of course I hope you enjoyed

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