Bryan Danielson has reflected on the moment his ‘Yes’ chant could have been pounced on by The Rock and taken as The Great One’s own.
At WrestleMania 28 the then-Daniel Bryan had a rough night at the office as he lost his World Heavyweight Championship in just 18 seconds to Sheamus. Little did any know, however, that that defeat was about to kickstart Bryan’s WWE career as the fans showed their support by chanting ‘Yes’ at any opportunity they could after that.
Also on that night, The Rock made his comeback to the main event of WrestleMania and defeated John Cena in a dream match in the show’s main event. The next night on Raw also in The Rock’s hometown of Miami, The Great One was electrifying the millions of his fans but the fans only had one word on their mind – Yes!
Speaking to Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald, Bryan Danielson recalled his dread at that moment that The Rock could have spun the crowd to do as he wished and took ‘Yes’ for himself:
“It was a pretty cool moment. It was interesting because I wasn’t on Raw that night, I was just on the dark match. There was a funny moment where The Rock was out there doing a promo and everybody starts chanting ‘Yes!’ for Daniel Bryan and I said, ‘Oh no,’ because the Rock is so quick-witted. I said, ‘He’s for sure going to turn this around and it’ll become his thing. I’m not gonna have it.’ He came back and said, ‘Hey man, you’re super over out there.’ ‘Oh, yeah, it was really nice.’ He could’ve easily turned it around into a Rock thing and he didn’t, that was very kind of him.”
The Rock headlined WrestleMania one year later when he put the WWE Championship on the line against Cena in the main event. Bryan Danielson’s crowning glory was to come one year later when WrestleMania 30 became ‘Yes-leMania’ and Danielson captured the WWE World Heavyweight Title from Randy Orton in a Triple Threat match that also included Batista.