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WWE champion tracks down burglars in Phoenix neighborhood

PHOENIX — A pair of men picked the wrong house to mess with on Thursday. One of them found out the hard way after a pro wrestling champion ran him down.

Bryan Danielson, known as WWE heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan to wrestling fans, arrived home with his wife in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix to find two men fleeing the house.

Danielson took off after them and caught one. After a brief struggle he held and detained Cesar Sosa, 22, using a rear naked choke hold until police officers arrived and took him into custody.

“Unfortunately, he wasn’t in very good shape,” Danielson said. “So, it didn’t take much.”

The other suspect still has not been located.

Sosa was booked and charged with burglary. He also had a felony warrant for his arrest. It is not known at this time if he has an attorney.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Sosa also had a felony warrant for burglary and kidnapping in
another case.

Danielson 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,” Danielson said. “They’re actually lucky that
I got them instead of Brie, because she probably would have been a little more

Brianna Danielson, a WWE star herself, said that while her husband went chasing the intruders, she
found Josie, the family dog, hiding in the couple’s bathroom.

“We didn’t know if they had Josie, too,” she said.

Danielson, known for his “Yes!” chants, is on a break from wrestling because of an injury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.