The road to the Rio Olympics this summer is a tough one and WWE superstar Daniel Bryan felt how it is to compete for a spot to the world’s highest sports spectacle as he competes in a weightlifting contest in hometown in Aberdeen, Washington.
The competition is not for a spot in the upcoming Rio Olympics which will be held from August 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil rather the event is a National Masters Weightlifting competition. It was reported that several weeks prior to the said event, Bryan was posting on social media his training in weightlifting and jiu-jitsu.
For taking part in the said competition, Bryan was awarded a ninja sword for his performance. The 35-year old Bryan retired from the WWE on Feb. 8 due to medical issues (including seizures) arising from multiple concussions and a brain lesion.
In the WWE world, Bryan held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship three times and the World Heavyweight Championship once, in addition to being a one-time United States Champion, a one-time Intercontinental Champion, and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion as part of Team Hell No (with Kane).
He was also the 2011 SmackDown Money in the Bank winner and the 2013 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner. He is the 26th Triple Crown Champion and the 15th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history and headlined several major pay-per-view events, including SummerSlam in 2013 and WrestleMania XXX.
He was trained by Masato Tanaka, Rudy Boy Gonzalez, Shawn Michaels, Texas Wrestling Academy, and William Regal.
With his serious and threatening injuries, WWE officially made Bryan as company’s Ambassador alongside his wife Brie Bella, who also retired from in-ring competition in April 2016 at WrestleMania 32 in order to begin a family with Bryan.
Aside from being the WWE’s ambassador, Bryan remains as one of the central figures in the WWE series “Total Divas” and one of the judges on the sixth season of “Tough Enough,” alongside The Miz and Paige.
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