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Former WWE Champ Daniel Bryan

Subdues Burglar

With Submission Hold!!

7/25/2014 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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: Daniel Bryan and his wife Brie spoke about the incident during a press conference ... and the wrestler said he sprung into action because he was worried about their dog, Josie, who was in the house.
  
The wrestling star says it wasn't difficult to subdue the burglar because the guy wasn't in great shape. However he wouldn't say if the thief was rendered unconscious.

Bryan also got incredibly emotional while talking about the bracelet his father gave him that the burglars attempted to steal.
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 is a bona fide bad ass ... chasing down a burglar on foot, then locking him in a submission hold until cops arrived.

Daniel and his wife Brie Bella had just come home Thursday night when they saw 2 men on their way out of their house. The burglars dropped the stuff they were stealing and hightailed it down the street.

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D.B. gave chase ... the bad guys had a big head start but the champ caught up with one of them and locked him in a rear naked choke for 5 minutes until cops arrived. 

Daniel's feat is all the more impressive because the guy he caught is facing kidnapping charges in another case.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... Daniel's wife Brie retrieved the loot the guys were in the process of stealing, including a bracelet that belonged to the wrestler's recently deceased dad.

The second guy is still on the loose, but there's one less bad guy on the streets, thanks to D.B.

YES! YES! YES!

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1.

coltsblaire    

Training pays off!

99 days ago
2.

Tree frog    

Good work! Hope you kicked his face in. S***bag

99 days ago
3.

Eric    

Good work indeed. By the way, has any TMZers ever stopped by STDchatrooms.com ? they're rather interesting....

99 days ago
4.

BobbyC    

But I thought this was fake?

99 days ago
5.

Nicole    

Here in AZ probably another illegal…. happens everyday of the week here, a couple of months ago a police officer was killed by a illegal who had been deported but came back and took out a great cop.

99 days ago
6.

myopinion    

LMAO....Criminals you never know who's home you are breaking in.

99 days ago
7.

Jordan    

How do you call him a Champion he never won anything?

99 days ago
8.

static    

Bullcrap this story is as fake as the WWE if he had the dude in a rear naked choke (that sounds seriously gay between 2 dudes) he would be out in less than a minute.

99 days ago
9.

Ron Fing Swanson    

Yes!! Yes!!! Yes!!!

99 days ago
10.

JR    

Wow that is a ugly ex champ damn!

99 days ago
11.

Fuji    

I like Brie and Daniel. That was super dangerous but it paid off.

99 days ago
12.

CMPUNK    

YES!!!

99 days ago
13.

ShotGunA    

Yes, yes, yes, yessss!!!!

99 days ago
14.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Certified bad ass. The only better thing is if he would have kept the hold on him long enough to pop his worthless head off.

99 days ago
15.

01void    

Great to hear he caught the dumb a$$, he should of broke his neck.

99 days ago
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