While he only had five televised matches at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan has an impressive list of accomplishments at WWE's answer to the NFL's SuperBowl. He has been involved in a title match every year from 2011-2015 and is in very rare company among WWE Superstars who have competed at WrestleMania. In his last three appearances, Bryan left Mania with the tag title (WM29), WWE WHC title (WM30) and the IC title (WM31).

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The recent announcement that Daniel Bryan was retiring has left a huge gap for the WWE to fill. Bryan had essentially taken over Rey Mysterio's spot as the company's favorite underdog. Could his past experiences reflect on how WWE will approach such under-sized superstars as Neville, Kalisto, or even Dean Ambrose?

What follows is the first in a series of "WrestleMania Résumé" articles in which we take a look at a current or former WWE Superstar's history at WrestleMania, and what that might tell us about that (or a similar) competitor at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas.

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WrestleMania record

If a "No Contest" decision is ruled as a draw and unsuccessful participation in a battle royal (both dark matches) are taken into consideration, Bryan's WrestleMania record is 4-2-1. Bryan only had one loss in a singles match at Mania, and that was the disappointing 18-second World Heavyweight Championship Match that he lost to Sheamus after getting a good-luck kiss from AJ Lee.

Title matches

When Bryan made his Mania debut, it was in a dark match for the United States Championship against title-holder Sheamus. The Lumberjack Match was ruled a no contest and the match was changed to a battle royal. WrestleMania 28 didn't go much better for Bryan, as it was the aforementioned disaster for the WHC. 

Finally, at WM29, as one half of Team Hell No, Daniel Bryan walked in and out of the show with gold around his waist for the first and last time.

He came in as a challenger at WM30, when he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match, and again when he competed in the 7-Man Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship at last year's event.

Main event matches

While WWE likes to advertise double or even triple main events at WrestleMania, the true main event honor goes to the match that happens last. The one year that Daniel Bryan headlined WrestleMania resulted in what will go down as one of the greatest Mania moments of all-time.

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Worthy competition

While he's certainly no Stone Cold Steve Austin or John Cena, having two title matches against Sheamus isn't normally a lower-card billing. When he teamed with Kane, they competed against Dolph Ziggler and Big E at the peak of The Showoff's career. In arguably the most impressive Mania performance of all-time, Bryan defeated Triple H in a singles match before defeating Randy Orton and Batista in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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In the Ladder Match at WM31, he had to compete with the likes of Ziggler, Wade Barrett, and Dean Ambrose (the other casualties included Stardust, Luke Harper, and R-Truth). 

WrestleMania moment(s)

It could be argued that no WrestleMania moment was more inspired by the fans than Bryan's crowing achievement in New Orleans in 2014. At the same time, his instant loss to Sheamus is sure to make a lot of Top 10 lists (and not the good kind) for years to come.

Predictions for WrestleMania 32

Since Daniel Bryan won't be competing this year, is there anything we can see from his past that may shed light on how someone else's Mania may play out in Dallas? 

I think Kalisto and the United States Championship are going to get similar treatment to Bryan's match in Atlanta against Sheamus. The main difference is that they no longer have "dark matches" at Mania, just matches for the pre-show on WWE Network. Otherwise, I don't see any Bryan-esque competitors at WrestleMania 32.

WrestleMania 32 airs live on the WWE Network on April 3rd.

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