CM Punk reacted to Daniel Bryan’s retirement with the following tweet on Monday night:
">February 9, 2016
In my book, no two people were more important to WWE’s philosophical change regarding independent talent than Punk and Daniel Bryan. Workers like Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Neville, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami and we could go on even having a chance in WWE is because of the road first paved by Punk and Bryan. They PROVED two guys that were seen as “niche guys” could tap into the mainstream and become megastars.
Both Punk and Bryan should be seen as pioneers in that regard and I believe history will remember them as such.