Daniel Bryan Retires: How Twitter Reacted to WWE Star's Exit From the Ring

Daniel Bryan announced his retirement from wrestling on Monday.
Daniel Bryan, bottom, July 8, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Bryan announced his retirement from professional wrestling on Monday night. Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

We will never see Daniel Bryan perform his signature diving headbutt or his iconic "Yes!" hand gestures in a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ring again.

In an emotional speech on Monday evening during the WWE's flagship television show Monday Night Raw, Bryan explained that repeated concussions throughout his career meant his health was at risk if he continued wrestling.

The announcement brought a wave of Twitter tributes from both within and outside of the wrestling world, showing the general esteem in which Bryan—real name Bryan Danielson—was held.

Mick Foley, who suffered multiple concussions himself in his WWE career as a result of his hard-hitting style, posted this heartfelt message to Bryan.

Thank you @WWEDanielBryan for everything you have done for @WWE and wrestling. Your contributions to the business will never be forgotten.

— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) February 8, 2016

Ric Flair, meanwhile, 16 times a World Heavyweight Champion and an undisputed WWE legend, said goodbye to Bryan with a famous Flair catchphrase.

Congrats on a great run with the @WWE! You will always be held in high esteem! WOOOOO! @WWEDanielBryan

— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) February 9, 2016

There was a poetic line from Billy Kidman, like Bryan an undersized wrestler who fought his way to the top.

The wrestling business needs more people like @WWEDanielBryan and the world needs more people like Bryan Danielson. #ThankYouDanielBryan

— Billy Kidman (@WWEKidman) February 9, 2016

John Cena, professional wrestling's biggest star, praised Bryan's anti-authoritarian stance.

#ThankYouDanielBryan for DOING what most only talk about. Challenging everything. Authority, conformity, perception. Redefining valor.

— John Cena (@JohnCena) February 9, 2016

Vince McMahon, WWE's creative supremo and the company's majority owner, referenced Bryan's "Yes Movement," his legion of supporters who copy his catchphrase.

An accomplished career will be celebrated tonight. The #YesMovement has come to Seattle. #ThankYouDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/yrgWI7U0ns

— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) February 9, 2016

While the New York Islanders ice hockey team did the same.

#ThankYouDanielBryan for the best chant in hockey! #YESChant @WWEDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/qSgqvwcCoy

— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 9, 2016

The most emotional goodbye came from WWE Superstars the Bella Twins, with Nikki Bella, Bryan's sister-in-law, asking for help in wiping her tears.

Anyone have some extra tissue! Haha N #ThankYouDanielBryan

— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) February 9, 2016