According to Breann Bierman of CBS 5 in Phoenix, the WWE superstar arrived home with his wife, WWE Diva Brie Bella, to realize it was being burglarized. He pinned down one of the suspects until authorities were on the scene:
Phoenix police said former wrestler Bryan Danielson, who goes by Daniel Bryan, and his wife were pulling into their carport in the Arcadia area about 7 p.m. on July 24 when two suspects dropped their loot and ran out of the house.
Phoenix police said they broke the back door to get into the house.
Danielson caught one of the suspects, 22-year-old Cesar Sosa, and was able to detain him until police officers could take him into the custody.
Phoenix police are still pursuing the second suspect.
Most of professional wrestling's critics are of the opinion that superstars like Bryan aren't really athletes and what they do is fake. While the wrestling is scripted, many of WWE's stars have trained in mixed martial arts or other forms of martial arts. When the situation calls for it, they can lock on some debilitating submission holds.
Bryan talked more about the incident on Friday, according to Fox 10 in Phoenix:
Perhaps even more impressive is that Bryan has been on medical leave from WWE since having neck surgery in May. He's not even fully healthy but still capable of dishing out a little vigilante justice.
At the time of his departure, Bryan was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, having won the title at WrestleMania XXX in a Triple Threat match against Orton and Batista.
This is an entertaining story that luckily didn't take a turn for the worse. Professional athletes have been targeted by burglars before. Sometimes, in the case of Bryan, the incident comes to nothing. Others, like former NBA veteran Antoine Walker, aren't so lucky. Walker was robbed inside his home at gunpoint in 2007.
Bryan will likely be a little shaken up by the close call, but he can rest easy knowing that no serious harm was done and no property was stolen.