Daniel Bryan is one of the best wrestlers in the world. It’s fairly indisputable, and there’s plenty of video evidence to prove it. And while the best matches of his career did not all take place after he arrived in WWE, he still managed to put together quite an impressive portfolio while he was there. For your consideration, here are the absolute best matches Daniel Bryan was a part of in WWE.
10. vs Chris Jericho – NXT Season 1, 2010
This wasn’t the longest match, and Bryan lost (he’d do that a lot over his WWE career), but it had a great deal of significance for several reasons. This was the main event of the very first episode of NXT, back when it made its debut as a pseudo-reality competition show featuring NXT “Rookies” mentored by WWE Superstars. Bryan’s mentor was, of course, The Miz, while Jericho was the mentor of the man who would go on to win the entire competition, Wade Barrett, and wanted to show off his dominance as World Heavyweight Champion by embarrassing one of the Rookies. Unfortunately for Jericho, he chose to face Daniel Bryan, and while the Champion did emerge victorious, Bryan gave as good as he got, nearly putting Jericho away on several occasions during the five-minute match. With his very first match in WWE against the World Champion, Bryan immediately made his mark in WWE.