Daniel Bryan Wrestles A Bear In This Gloriously Surreal Documentary

09.30.16 10 months ago 11 Comments

The internet has known for years about Daniel Bryan’s affinity for bears. But it seemed like nothing more than a lark until a few weeks ago, when the four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion casually mentioned on an episode of Talking Smack that he actually had plans to compete at WrestleMania 32 earlier this year and began asking — nay, demanding — that WWE release the documentary filmed around his planned comeback. The twist? The match in question was Daniel Bryan vs. a bear. (Okay, maybe this wasn’t as serious as we first suspected.)

Now, WWE has acquiesced to the demands of the powerful #ReleaseTheBear hashtag and posted the never-before-seen Daniel Bryan vs. The Bear documentary online, in three parts. Take 20 minutes out of your day to watch this thing in its entirety.

Now, there are a number of potential reasons why Daniel Bryan vs. The Bear may have been shelved: It was clearly conceived and filmed before DBry’s real-life retirement in February, so it probably wouldn’t have been wise to tease a WrestleMania 32 match around then. Plus, Bryan’s main co-star is Hornswoggle, who was released from the company earlier this year (along with Zeb Colter, who is also featured in the film). Also, it kinda-sorta parodies The Revenant, which is so nine months ago. Still, we’re happy it exists now, if for no other reason than for providing our new laptop background image:

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