It's hard to believe it's already been two years since Daniel Bryan last competed in WWE for what everyone expects to be the final time. While the SmackDown General Manager has hinted that he may look to wrestle again elsewhere once his WWE contract expires, it will be sometime next year before that's even a possibility.
Bryan's final match saw him competing alongside his soon-to-be brother-in-law John Cena against the duo of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro just as the pair were hitting their stride. Bryan commemorated the bout with a mention on Twitter:
Tyson Kidd, himself the victim of a career-ending injury, responded to the message with a bittersweet statement of his own:
This interaction serves as a sobering reminder of the toll the business of professional wrestling takes on the bodies and lives of the men and women who perform for our entertainment. Two of the four talents in this match will likely never receive medical clearance again; Kidd himself was just centimetres from a fatal injury.
It's always hard to see our favorites forced to end their careers early, but we as fans should not want to see anyone compromise their quality of life in order to continue putting their bodies on the line for out adulation.
We wish both Daniel Bryan and Tyson Kidd all the best while struggling with the prospect of never wrestling again - anniversaries like this are never ones to celebrate.