It takes a story of pretty great magnitude to supersede the Super Bowl the Monday after the big game, but the WWE has figured out a way to do that courtesy of one of their own wrestlers in Daniel Bryan.
In a post on Twitter early Monday, Bryan announced that he is retiring from the WWE “for medical reasons,” and that he will give further details on “Monday Night Raw.” This will obviously be a big ratings boon for USA, and an organization that is always looking for new ways to drive viewers to the show.
Of course, our thoughts and hearts go out to Daniel if this situation is serious … but of course, there’s always a little bit of doubt that comes into your head in advance, just because this is professional wrestling and we’ve seen so many “stories” that turned out to be made up for the sake of wrestling entertainment. Take, for example, when Hulk Hogan claimed while with WCW that he was running for President before the 2000 election, or when Ric Flair supposedly had a heart attack in 1998. Wrestling creates that sort of doubt.
In this event, though, we tend to think that this is legit. There’s a big difference between some of the stories that wrestlers came up with in the late 90’s when we watched regularly to today, when social-media blows up stories to new heights. Everyone within the WWE had to know that this story would explode, and some viewers would probably be extremely annoyed if it turned out to just be some stunt.
We’ll have some other news on the subject of Bryan and “Raw” soon; be on the lookout.
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