Today, on the list of WWE's Best of 2018, Daniel Bryan was finally cleared for in-ring competition after a two-year journey, and he returned to WWE with an emotional and passionate speech intended to inspire us all.
Daniel Bryan has been a household name in WWE for years, and he has the "ultimate underdog", so to speak, all the time. Bryan has been down, out and more, and he's come back from everything tenfold; His infinite resilience has resonated with us all in one way or another.
That is why when he announced in 2016 that he would be forced to retire from in-ring competition because of problems with concussions and even seizures, we were all destroyed. It was not a dry eye in the house at night Bryan announced to us that he had to formally retire because we would never see him win over adversities. Believing it was someone he couldn't … it simply couldn't be true.
This year, however, was much different for Bryan. After seeing the doctor by doctor, specialist by specialist, after two years outside the ring, come here the moment we didn't think we should ever see.
Daniel Bryan returned to a SmackDown Live ring where he announced that he had finally been cleared to fight again, and in a passionate speech he taught us one of the most valuable lessons we had learned from WWE throughout the year.
"Fight for your dreams and your dreams will fight for you."
For his entire WWE career, Daniel Bryan has been a kind of omnipotent of the WWE roster, mostly because there are many he can see in ourselves. He was never the greatest guy in the room, nor the strongest, but his hard work and determination led him everywhere he had to go, even to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
You are always happy to see a better fight back from an injury, but Daniel Bryan's return was so much sweeter because we wanted to see him fight back to in-ring competition again because of all the things that made him popular in the first place instead.
Daniel Bryan has become so sociable as a sign that when he told us all to fight for our dreams, and that they would instead fight back for you, we believed him. We see so much of ourselves that his travels are our travels, and his message resonates within us.
Bryan's speech for "Fight for Your Dreams" was one of the highlights of WWE this year because it was not just perfect to encapsulate Daniel Bryan's history and journey, but it was a message for all of us. Bryan showed us this year that if you work tirelessly for what you believe in, you will be rewarded.
It is a message we are told on television and in movies all the time, but this time comes from a man who is the fight we have seen, play out literally in front of the eyes, for a good part, the message was much more powerful.