In a recent interview with WWE.com, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and recently returning Daniel Bryan listed his top 15 favorite matches of all time. Interestingly, Bryan even named some of his career’s non-WWE matches. His last place listed contest was his first time winning the WWE World Heavyweight title. The title match won PWI’s match of the year as well as WWE’s match of the year (just to show how selective Bryan was when he picked his list).
15. Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena (c); WWE Championship, Summerslam 2013
14. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, Street Fight, WWE Monday Night Raw, June 24, 2013
13. Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk (c); WWE Championship, WWE Over the Limit 2012
12. Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima, Fight Without Honor, ROH Final Battle 2008
11. Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins, WWE Monday Night Raw, June 10, 2013
10. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro, WWE Monday Night Raw, July 22, 2013
9. Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Nigel McGuinness (c); ROH World & Pure Championships, Unified 2006
8. Bryan Danielson (c) vs. KENTA; ROH World Championship, ROH Glory by Honor 2006
7. Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal, WWE Superstars, November 11, 2011
6. Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield, Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match, WWE TLC 2012
5. Team Hell No & The Undertaker vs. The Shield, WWE Monday Night Raw, April 22, 2013
4. Sheamus (c) vs. Daniel Bryan; WWE World Heavyweight Championship, 2-out of 3 Falls, WWE Extreme Rules 2012
3. Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, WrestleMania 30
2. Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan; WWE World Heavyweight Championship, WrestleMania 30
1. Bryan Danielson vs. Robbie Brookside; EWP Intercontinental Championship, EWP Glide Wrestling Festival 2003
Bryan returned to in-ring action for the first time in almost a year at last week’s Smackdown taping in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ironically, he faced Kane, the man that he took on in his last match. He defended his WWE World Heavyweight Title against “The Demon” Kane at last year’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view. The match ended in a disqualification when J&J security took matters into their own hands by attacking Daniel in the middle of the contest.
The Authority looked as though they were going to all attack Bryan until former Shield members, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns took Bryan’s side. The 3 teamed up in the main event to take on Kane, “Mr. Money in the Bank” Seth Rollins and the Big Show. Bryan’s team was victorious is a very fun match.