Daniel Bryan’s WWE career was put on a big two-year hiatus when he had to retire after suffering too many concussions. He was able to make a return and one-year after announcing that he was cleared to compete, Bryan was WWE Champion once again.
Following WrestleMania 35, Daniel Bryan was taken out of action once again. The nature of his injury wasn’t announced by the company and when WWE doesn’t let people know what is wrong it can sometimes be very concerning.
Dave Meltzer spoke about Bryan’s injury on Wrestling Observer Radio where he admitted that he didn’t know what it was. However, the nature of the situation is still cause for concern considering Bryan’s history with career-threatening injuries.
“We all have the same assumption. Everyone has the same assumption, okay? Everyone including in the company you know it’s hidden from everyone — I don’t wanna say hidden from everyone because I’m sure there’s some people, the key people know. I mean obviously the assumption is that he got a concussion — I don’t know that to be true.”
“What else would they have a reason to hide? Obviously, if it was there’s reasons to hide that. So you know if you come at that as educated speculation, but it is just speculation. Then you have you know, there’s a lot of ways to look at that.”
“He’s been back 13 months, it’s not like it happened a week in, but it’s still a concussion, he’s had many so everyone in the business is gonna get concussions. When he came back the reality was that at some point he was gonna get one. If he got two or three in the first year that would be real bad. He got one in 13 months in a sense I don’t know that it’s bad — it’s also not good. You know, it’s concerning if that’s what it is it’s definitely concerning.”
“The fact that he got cleared so quick is a good sign. That makes sense too because remember when he got hurt when we were talking it was like nobody has any idea when he’s going to be back. If he didn’t recover and he wasn’t back for six months after this concussion you’d start to worry again.”
“The fact that he was able to pass the testing in a couple of weeks maybe, you know none of this is a good sign. Perhaps it’s not that bad of a sign. You know it’s… there’s so much speculation in this that I almost feel guilty about it, but then again, it’s a topic that we should be talking about. It’s a very important topic and it’s a very confusing topic because you can read it in a lot of ways.”
“They’ve got a medical staff, but you know when he got the last concussion that almost ended his career all of those protocols they totally botched it, so we can’t just got ‘Well they got good doctors we don’t need to worry about it’ — we do need to worry about it.”
Daniel Bryan is said to be cleared so he could return to WWE television at any time. We also previously reported via Brad Shepard that Daniel Bryan’s issues were concerning his neck.
With the current ratings situation in the company they might need him back as soon as next week. However, having Bryan wrestle so much might not be the answer to ensure his career’s longevity.
If Bryan is eventually moved to a true part-timer status as he initially requested upon his WWE return, that might be the best thing for him. Fans love watching him wrestle, but they would rather see his career be the best it can be rather than him busting his body in brutal singles matches each week.
The fact is that Daniel Bryan was injured and we weren’t sure of the severity. It was apparently bad enough that WWE turned Kevin Owens heel to take Bryan’s spot as Kofi Kingston’s foe.
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