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If you’re a fan of WWE, doubtless you’ve heard of the lumberjack-like superstar Daniel Bryan. The wrestler has made history during his time in wrestling entertainment, from winning numerous championship titles, to making a return to wrestling after a grisly neck injury forced him into a (temporary) early retirement.
Bryan (whose real name is Bryan Danielson) may be a tough-as-nails wrestler, but he’s also a total sweetheart, and a vegan to boot.
Being a vegan in the WWE does have it’s speed bumps. The championship belt (which Bryan has had the honor of wearing) is made from leather. Last December, Bryan brought his righteous vegan fury to the ring as WWE Champion. He swore an oath that he would win the championship belt from AJ Styles, and replace it with a vegan, eco-friendly alternative.
“After I beat you… I am going to take this leather strap that was made from a skinned cow that I like to name Daisy and I am going to replace it with something sustainable, something better and the new Daniel Bryan is going to create a new world that these people don’t have any part of… You know what? Most of you probably don’t deserve to have a part of it either.”
Was it tongue-in cheek? Most definitely, but on Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live, the vegan Japanese submission specialist made good on his promise. After winning the title, he dumped the old Championship Belt in the garbage can. After telling the sad story of Daisy the cow (Bryan named and gave a backstory to the cow that gave it’s life to make the old championship belt), he unveiled the new title belt, crafted from “100% sustainable hemp, carved from a naturally fallen oak.”
To be fair, Bryan has ‘turned heel‘ recently, meaning his character is sort of acting like a jerk. It’s possible the vegan belt is just meant to kick up controversy. Still, such a momentous moment in vegan history must be documented. And I don’t know about you, but I’m really digging the eco-belt. If only for Daisy.
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