Daniel Bryan Sets Royal Rumble Record, Roderick Strong Gave Him Welts on Chest

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

In this April 6, 2014 photo, Daniel Bryan reacts during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans. Bryan was on top of the wrestling world when he won the WWE championship at WrestleMania in 2014. But he is finished just two years later at 35, a victim of at least 10 concussions that ended his career and showed how real-life injuries interrupt fantasy endings.  (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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Daniel Bryan made history in the first ever 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble match, lasting one hour and 16 minutes before being eliminated by Big Cass.

According to WWE.com, that eclipses the previous record (1:02:12), which was set by Rey Mysterio when he won the 2006 Royal Rumble from the No. 2 position.

Bryan started the Greatest Royal Rumble with Dolph Ziggler. Despite being only his fourth match since making his in-ring return, the former world champion put together one of the best performances in a Royal Rumble match.

Bryan had the scars to show for his effort. He explained in an WWE.com interview how Roderick Strong personally left his mark, which in turn fueled him to continue pushing through:

Considering health issues forced Bryan to step away from wrestling, many fans wondered what kind of workload he'd have following his comeback.

The fact WWE felt comfortable having him wrestle for more than an hour shows he may not have too many limitations when he steps inside the ropes.