Happy birthday, Daniel Bryan: Watch his first WWE match against Chris Jericho

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Though Daniel Bryan is currently on top of the world in WWE as the WWE World Heavyweight champion, everyone has to start somewhere. For Bryan that came in 2010 when he took part in the inaugural season of "WWE NXT."

After wrestling independently around the world as far back as 2000, it was Bryan's first shot at becoming a WWE superstar. Now, as he turns 33 Thursday (May 22). To celebrate his special day, here's his very first WWE match, against then-World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho.

Though is was Bryan's introduction to a lot of WWE viewers, many professional wrestling fans considered it a dream match. With limited TV time available, they sure were able to deliver. Now, five years later, Bryan himself is the champion.

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