Hours before his wife Brie Bella will likely appear on television for the first time since a spot in her tag match with sister Nikki and Natalya against The Riott Squad a week ago on Raw (Sept. 24) led to Liv Morgan suffering a concussion, Daniel Bryan has taken to Twitter to support his wife. He’s also questioning why the backlash against Brie was greater than what other wrestlers receive when injuries occur. Bryan used himself as an example:
“I am proud of how strong my wife is. After accidentally injuring Liv Morgan last week, the first time Bri’s ever hurt another performer, she’s been subject to a constant barrage of social media attacks. Almost every wrestler has accidentally hurt someone but rarely do you see this kind of hate when it happens.
For example, I concussed Randy Orton in 2012 after hitting him with what was supposed to be a chair to the back. Unfortunately part of the side hit him in the back of the head, and he was forced to miss a PPV. In 2009 in our last match against each other, I concussed Nigel McGuinness after doing a dive into him in the crowd, where his head hit the floor.
And there are others.
As for the Yes kicks, two weeks ago I accidentally kicked Andrade directly in the head due to a miscommunication on my part. I feel fortunate that he was ok, because there are few feelings worse than hurting someone.
Despite all of that, never did I receive the backlash Bri did this week. With all the negative things said about my wife, nobody was harder on her than she was on herself.
Thank you to the many people who reached out to support her, both publicly and privately. We all wish Liv Morgan a speedy recovery. #EndCyberbullying”
Many of the responses to the tweets include fans attempting to explain to Bryan what they see as the differences between his examples and Brie’s situation. That will most likely lead to a further closing of the wrestling ranks in a situation which has already given us several instances of pros defending Bella on the basis that people who’ve never wrestled can’t speak on what occurs in the ring.
It doesn’t appear anyone is going to change their stance, but this also probably isn’t the last we’ll hear of this. It should be interesting to see what happens when Brie next appears on screen, whether that’s on Raw in Seattle tonight (Oct. 1), or Saturday at Super Show-Down in Melbourne.