When Daniel Bryan was suffering from his neck injuries, he wouldn't let the WWE hold him back and ended up returning to the ring. However, when it comes to the Daniel Bryan concussion issues, the WWE won't back down. Bryan is back on TV as the general manager of SmackDown Live, but Daniel has just made it clear he believes that one day he will wrestle again.
In an interview with The Daily Progress, Bryan was asked if he hoped to ever wrestle again. Bryan didn't mince words about his desire to wrestle again, and he has made that clear since the beginning of his injury problems.
"I honestly do. All the real concussion specialists who deal with concussions every day, all of them think I am fine."This goes against everything the WWE has said about Danie Bryan and his possible WWE return. At the moment, the WWE is involved in a huge lawsuit brought by former WWE stars who are suing the company for sending them out with concussions to wrestle again year after year.
The names in the lawsuit include Road Warrior Animal, Demolition, and 51 other professional wrestlers. Because of the legal case, the WWE continues to reject a Bryan return, and after they reviewed his interview, the company released their statement disputing Daniel Bryan's insistence that he is healthy enough to wrestle again.
"WWE determined it is not in the best interest of Bryan Danielson (aka Daniel Bryan) to continue as an in-ring performer."With that said, it is clear why the WWE wants nothing to do with bringing back Daniel Bryan since they are concerned about his wrestling style and his injury history. It has only been two years since Daniel almost lost his career when neck injuries caused him to lose all use of his arm after he finally reached the top of the mountain at WrestleMania to win the world title.
Daniel Bryan returned from that injury to win the Intercontinental Championship title at WrestleMania the next year. However, his joy was short-lived, and just a few months later, the WWE forced him to retire from all in-ring action when their doctors determined that Bryan was a concussion risk.Perhaps adding insult to injury, the WWE recently released a poll asking the WWE fans who they wanted to see Daniel Bryan wrestle if he did return. Bryan said he had no idea why they would release a poll like that when they won't let him wrestle.
When it comes to the general manager position on SmackDown Live, Daniel Bryan explained that he is under contract with the WWE, and when they call him to do something, he will show up for work. However, the recent interactions between Daniel and The Miz caused people to wonder if Bryan would ever return. As far as the WWE is concerned, that won't ever happen.
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Now, there is a very interesting thing to keep in mind when it comes to Daniel Bryan working as the general manager on SmackDown Live. When Rey Mysterio sat out with an injury a few years back, the WWE froze his contract, meaning he couldn't leave when it was supposed to expire. Since Bryan is working, his contract is rolling again, meaning he could leave when it expires.
There is one other thing to keep in mind. Daniel Bryan did an interview with Philly.com about a WWE return and had a slightly different response earlier this week.
"It's a very complex issue. If I was on my own, if I wasn't married, I would be like 'Yeah, when my contract is up. I'm gone.' Hell, I might even be wearing a mask at an independent show next week dressed up as star man, Because it's what I love to do. But, it becomes different when you have a wife and you're trying to have kids."Will Daniel Bryan ever make a WWE return? That is doubtful, but that doesn't mean that Daniel won't return to the wrestling ring when his contract ends. Should Daniel Bryan return if he feels healthy enough in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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