WWE.com has a great article up on Daniel Bryan’s ascension through the ranks of the WWE. It almost hit a metaphorical brick wall when Sheamus’ Brogue Kick brought a dramatic end to his title reign just 18 seconds into their WrestleMania showdown.
Stripped of his World Heavyweight Title in a matter of seconds, the devastated former champion lay motionless and silent in the center of the ring. Months of overconfidence, months of flat-out harassing his opponents, months of obnoxiously reinforcing his status as a superior Superstar came crashing down as Bryan received his due comeuppance at the hands of The Great White.
And yet, the very next night on Raw in Miami, Fla., the WWE Universe responded in an unexpected fashion.
On a show that featured the shocking return of Brock Lesnar to a WWE ring, perhaps the more intriguing story was the emergence of a strange homage of sorts to the classic "What?" chants of yesterday. Instead of that iconic question first posed by WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, however, was the familiar, obnoxious mantra of the submission specialist.
In unison, the arena exploded into a chorus of "YES! YES! YES!" chants that lasted throughout the show, without Bryan actually competing.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin himself has weighed in on the matter. On Twitter, the icon of the Attitude Era replied to a simple question from a fan: "Yes or What?"
Austin’s response was surprising, to say the least: "haven't you heard? It's YES!"
Another fan asked for clarification from the legendary Texas Rattlesnake: "'Yes' is replacing 'what?'"
Emphatically, Austin replied: "YES! YES! YES!"