Daniel Bryan has wrestled his last match.
That’s at least the opinion of someone who would know this sort of thing, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart.
“The Hit Man” sat down with Sports Illustrated to discuss the state of the WWE, and he ended up spending quite a bit of time on the Bearded One’s injury.
“Daniel Bryan is finished,” Hart said. “He’ll never wrestle again. I don’t think he knows it yet. I feel terrible about Daniel Bryan. For all intents and purposes, he had the exact same thing happen to him that happened to me after Bill Goldberg kicked me in the head.”
It was all over for Hart after that, something he had a great deal of trouble coming to terms with.
“One day, you learn it’s over. Doctors tell you that you can’t wrestle and you’ll never wrestle again. I lost millions of dollars because of that. I pray that it’s not the same for Daniel Bryan.”
Concern arose for Hart over the condition of Daniel Bryan after the leader of the Yes! Movement came back from the injury that sidelined him shortly after WrestleMania 30 and was still performing his risky move set.
“I saw him in a lot of his matches after he came back from the injury, and he was taking suplexes on the back of his head, powerbombs, and other really dangerous moves…. I know he wanted to test it out, but I think he may have pushed himself too hard.”
Hart compared Bryan to the Dynamite Kid, noting that they’re “both tough and neither wanted to admit that injuries got the best of them.”
After that statement, Bret Hart left WWE fans with a discouraging and ominous sign-off.
“He’s finished forever, but I don’t think he’s even realized that. He’s probably thinking, ‘Maybe it will get better in a few months,’ but unfortunately, I don’t think it will.”
Now that fans of Daniel Bryan have heard the terrible news, they’re going to have to shift allegiances to another of WWE’s top performers. Hart recommends Seth Rollins, whom he could not praise highly enough in the interview. He also believes that Roman Reigns’ artificial push was damaging to his character, but that he seems to have finally turned a corner in overcoming it.
Check out the full interview here, but before you do that, answer us this: do you think Daniel Bryan has wrestled his last match, and if so, how would you continue to use him on WWE programming (or would you)? Sound off in the comments section.
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