Like Rock beating Cena, it was the right move. Hell, I even said as much that night. That doesn't make it any less of a visceral gut punch, though.
I saw Bryan Danielson on and off from pretty much the beginning of his career as the masked American Dragon in Shawn Michaels' Texas Wrestling Association. He showed promise, but he wasn't that different from the many high-flying junior heavyweights all over the independent scene at the time.
I saw him next after he had gone through the WWE developmental program and trained with William Regal, among others. He dropped the mask and completely changed his style to a lot of kicks and submission wrestling. He put himself on the map by making it to the finals of the 2001 ECWA Super 8 Tournament.
From then on, I followed his career closely and was a huge fan. His ROH title defense against Kenta at the debut show at the Manhattan Center is still one of the greatest matches I've ever seen live, and it was actually a fairly similar match to Bryan's win over Cena, as weird as that sounds. Both had long, extended sequences of false finishes that took up much of the second half of the match.
So when he won by using Kenta's Busaiku Knee, I went bonkers. That was so cool! Look, confetti! Fireworks! Bryan just thanked his mom and dad! Hey, it's Randy Orton, but we expected that...good, he's leaving.
Wait, why is Triple H still in the ring? This isn't good. Dude, get out of the ring. Seriously, get out of the ring.
To heck with that dastardly Randy Orton and Triple H. To heck with them.
David Bixenspan has been Bleacher Report's WWE Team Leader and a contracted columnist since 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @davidbix and check out his wrestling podcasts at LLTPod.com.