Last week, for the second time in two years, Daniel Bryan was forced to relinquish a championship that he won at WrestleMania. Nobody really knows exactly what’s wrong with Bryan, but it does seem that his career may be in jeopardy.
It seems that most people think that because wrestling is pre-determined entertainment, and not a pure sport, that the performers aren’t as mentally or physically tough as other professional athletes, but, the truth is, they are, and probably more so.
Former WWE Champion Chris Jericho knows a thing or two about the daily grind of being a professional wrestler, and he told Sirius XM’s Busted Open Nation that Daniel Bryan’s injury is probably worse than people think. Jericho also made sure to point out that he had no inside information, and that he was just giving his opinion based on his time in the business.
“When you have to give up two major titles basically within a year of each other, especially with the way we think as wrestlers. If you’re hurt, you go out there and the show goes on, no matter what. Daniel is like that, I mean he worked with a detached retina. If he is being told to stay home, it’s worse than you think in my opinion. Because I know me, if someone told me to stay home, I would be like ‘F that, I’m coming back.’
If he is vacating the title, this is not a month injury. This is something deeper and more serious than that. I have heard nothing or know nothing. I just know how we think as performers in the business, and the last thing we want to do is vacate a title again.”
Jericho also noted that maybe Bryan’s best move would be to go away for a couple of years, like Shawn Michaels did in 1998. (He returned in 2002.) At the time, like Bryan, Michaels was considered to be the best in-ring performer in the business, and when he returned after a four-year hiatus, he hadn’t missed a beat.
As for WWE’s take on Bryan, well, on tonight’s RAW, they were really pushing the idea of Bryan’s career being over. During the opening segment, which involved Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Sheamus, and Ryback to hype the Intercontinental Championship match at Elimination Chamber, Sheamus told Stephanie and Triple H that they should just hand him the Intercontinental Title because he was the one to “put an end to Daniel Bryan’s career.”
Bryan’s career being over isn’t out of the question, as Bryan himself even acknowledged that he may never wrestle again before he relinquished the Intercontinental Championship.
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