According to various reports from multiple sources, the reason Daniel Bryan (aka Bryan Danielson) was given his WWE release yesterday is related to the NXT angle on Raw this past Monday night.
Apparently Daniel Bryan choking out the ring announcer with his tie, after ripping his shirt off, was considered a big no-no under the current WWE PG format. The feeling was the spot was too violent and WWE management was said to be less than pleased.
According to a source, one WWE official in particular requested that Bryan be released due to the incident.
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There are some who still feel Daniel Bryan’s release is not a legitimate release, or is at least a move made to further the NXT angle and give it more credibility as a real life situation. Depending on which reports you believe, that is not the case and Bryan has seen his final days with WWE.
Credit F4WOnline.com for portions of the above report.