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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 featured several nods to the MMA community

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According to a Jan. 28 post from Bleacher Report, the "Yes Movement" is growing in the WWE Universe due to Daniel Bryan's popularity.

Thousands of wrestling fans on hand for Sunday night's WWE Royal Rumble in Pittsburgh, Penn., chanted "Yes! Yes! Yes!" in unison in an attempt to coax WWE officials to grant their hero a spot in the 30-man competition.

However, not many of those fans knew that Bryan's "Yes!" chant was actually a nod to the MMA community.

Bryan's "Yes!" chant was inspired by UFC superstar Diego Sanchez, who famously chants "Yes!" while walking out to the UFC Octagon.

"I love Diego Sanchez and that's where it came from," Bryan said of the chant. "Diego Sanchez is such an amazing fighter, but he would come to the ring and he would be like, 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' You just look and him and I love him as a fighter, but that's annoying. I can use that."

Besides Bryan's chant, the WWE Royal Rumble 2014 featured several other nods to MMA and the UFC.

Prior to the 30-man Royal Rumble, former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar walked out to the ring in MMA-style gloves for his match against The Big Show.

Additionally, CM Punk walked out to the Royal Rumble ring in a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu hooded sweatshirt.

The Gracie family is a prominent sporting family from Brazil, known as pioneers in the development of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

CM Punk, who was spotted at the UFC on FOX 10 card in Chicago, just one day prior to the Royal Rumble, is well-known for his love of BJJ, and for training in MMA-style submissions.

The WWE Royal Rumble 2014 proved that MMA has greatly influence the modern-day pro wrestling scene.


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