PHOENIX (AP) – Former WWE World champion Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.
According to police, Bryan and his wife, WWE diva Brie Bella, drove into the carport of their Arcadia home and saw a door to the house start to open.
That’s when Bryan and his wife ran inside to check on their dog, Josie.
“I saw the guys running out the back,” Bryan said. “I chased them. I caught one of them. I kept him until police got there.”
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Bryan and Cesar Sosa, 22, got into a struggle, but the former champ subdued him until officers arrived, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. The second suspect got away.
The former champ said he didn’t have to apply the “Yes! lock” – his signature move– to get Sosa to surrender, but he did put him in a rear naked choke hold.
“Unfortunately, he wasn’t in very good shape,” Bryan said. “So it didn’t take much.”
Sosa was arrested and faces a burglary charge. It was not known if he had an attorney who could be reached for comment.
Thompson said Sosa also had a felony warrant for burglary and kidnapping in another case.
Bryan said he was happy his neighbors called 911 to report suspicious activity about 10 minutes before the couple arrived. He said his wife had just picked him up from the airport.
“I got really angry at first,” Bryan said. “They’re actually lucky that I got them instead of Brie, because she probably would have been a little more violent.”
Brie said that while her husband went chasing the intruders, she found Josie hiding in the couple’s bathroom.
“We didn’t know if they had Josie, too,” she said.
Bryan, known for his “Yes!” chants, is recovering from a previous injury and is not competing in WWE. Reports are he needs surgery again on his neck, but it has nothing to do with the robbery.