A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.
According to police, Bryan Danielson and his wife, Brianna, drove into the carport of their Arcadia home and saw a door to the house start to open.
That’s when Danielson and his wife, a fellow former WWE star known as Brie Bella, ran inside to check on their dog, Josie.
(Pictured here in the process of getting selfied with Brie)
"I saw the guys running out the back. I chased them. I caught one of them. I kept him until police got there,” Danielson said. (Reenactment)
Danielson and Cesar Sosa, 22, got into a struggle, but the former champ subdued him until officers arrived, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. The second suspect got away. The former champ said he didn’t have to apply the “Yes! lock” — his signature move— to get Sosa to surrender, but he did put him in a rear naked choke hold. (Something like this…)
"Unfortunately, he wasn’t in very good shape," Danielson said. "So, it didn’t take much." Sosa was arrested and faces a burglary charge. It was not known if he had an attorney who could be reached for comment. Thompson said Sosa also had a felony warrant for burglary and kidnapping in another case. Danielson said he was happy his neighbors called 911 to report suspicious activity about 10 minutes before the couple arrived. He said his wife had just picked him up from the airport. "I got really angry at first," Danielson said. (As shown here)
"They’re actually lucky that I got them instead of Brie, because she probably would have been a little more violent.” (As shown here)
Brianna Danielson said that while her husband went chasing the intruders, she found Josie hiding in the couple’s bathroom. "We didn’t know if they had Josie, too," she said. (At a press conference about this incident, Josie the dog is clearly still visibly shaken)
THANK GOD THE DOG IS OKAY!!!
eta: spoiler for entire ridiculous press conference and links to prior new stories about dogs that interested me