Ex-WWE star foils burglary attempt

Ex-WWE star foils burglary attempt
Former WWE heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan with wife Brie Bella at a press conference after he subdued a burglar in June 2014.

The 33-year-old wrestler, whose real name is Bryan Lloyd Danielson, chased and subdued one of the suspects, which led to the arrest of the whole gang last month.

Danielson and his wife, WWE Diva Brie Bella, had just driven home and were parking their car when they saw two men coming out of their house.

They rushed inside and saw the suspects drop their loot and flee the premises through a back door that they had broken down, reported Phoenix New Times.

"I saw the guys running out. I chased them, caught one of them and kept him until the police got there," Danielson said.

Danielson said that his pursuit of the suspects was something akin to an instantaneous "fight or flight" reaction. He said the chase lasted about 50m or so before one of the suspects, Cesar Sosa, 22, became winded.


"Exhaustion makes cowards of us all and he was very, very tired. It literally took zero effort to take him down," Danielson said.

Danielson had Sosa in a chokehold when police arrived.

When asked by reporters if he had put Sosa to sleep with the sleeper hold, Danielson did not comment.

He had earlier joked about how he should have used a "Yes Lock," his signature submission move when wrestling for the WWE.

Sergeant Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said Sosa had a arrest warrant for separate kidnapping and burglary charges.

Phoenix police later said they had arrested the other three members of the gang which Sosa belonged to. Police nabbed Edward Alexander Johnson, 20, Gilberto Gil Gastelum, 21, and Alexandra Olvera, 30, after witnessing the trio allegedly burgle two Phoenix homes.

This article was first published on September 8th, 2014.
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