Daniel Bryan seems to be inching closer towards the comeback he’s been longing for. He recently revealed to The Trentonian that he’s going through the process to try to get cleared for an in-ring return.
Bryan, who hasn’t wrestled in the WWE since April of 2015, has an extensive history of concussions that has made the WWE apprehensive about allowing him to perform again. He has never hid the fact that he wants to wrestle again, and it’s possible the WWE has began to soften its stance on his status after he was (kayfabe) attacked by Kane in a dark room on last week’s RAW, which was the company’s way of not showing him taking bumps. Bryan said his tests have produced positive results, but he understands the WWE’s hesitation.
“I’m trying to get cleared as we speak,” Bryan said. “All my tests have come back fantastic, better than people who have never had any concussion-type stuff. But it’s a weird thing. We’re in a weird situation politically with the climate around concussions; right now, it’s very difficult. WWE would love to have me back, but is that the smart thing for me as a business to bring me back? If I was to come back, and they let me back, would they get a lot of flak for it? They have a ton of stockholders that they’re responsible for. It’s more than just, ‘Is he healthy to do it?'”
The recent return of Kurt Angle, who also has an extensive injury history, has possibly helped Bryan’s case for a comeback. In September it was reported that Bryan had been training his wife Brie Bella for her own comeback. Bryan has also implied that he will be seeking opportunities outside of the WWE if they refuse to give him the chance to wrestle again. He said the situation is complicated because of the nature of the wrestling business, but he’s staying positive.
“There’s more than that to the whole situation,” he said. “All the concussion doctors think that I’m healthy enough to do it, and that I should be able to do it — well, I don’t want to say all of them, I’m sure there’s somebody out there who doesn’t think that — but there’s a lot more than goes into it than just that. That’s the unfortunate situation with giant corporations and big business in the United States.”