WWE announced Tuesday that the current Smackdown Live! general manager, Daniel Bryan, has been cleared to return to in-ring action. Bryan has been sidelined for over two years after he was forced to retire due to multiple concussions.
According to WWE.com, several prominent neurologists, neurosurgeons, and concussion experts gave Bryan the okay. Among them are Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Javier Cardenas, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, and WWE Medical Director Dr. Joseph Maroon.
Wow. As if wrestling fans didn’t have enough to be excited about with Wrestlemania 34 less than three weeks away, WWE delivers this bombshell. After finally reaching the top of the wrestling world at Wrestlemania 30 by becoming World Champion, Bryan battled neck and concussion problems until he was told to retire.
One can’t help but wonder if he will immediately be placed in a match on the Wrestlemania card. He has had on-screen tension with the Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon for quite some time now. Him being placed in a match with Shane, being added to the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn match, or the match becoming a fatal-four-way all seem like realistic possibilities.
It is hard not to be concerned for Bryan’s well-being, and while it is easy to question the decision to allow him to compete again, it is every wrestling fan’s dream to be able to see the “Yes Man” compete in a WWE ring yet again. Can you imagine his matches against the likes of A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura? I get a chub just thinking about it. Lets hope his body holds up and we can enjoy his world class wrestling for many years to come.