WWE announced earlier today that Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan has been cleared to return to in-ring action.
In a statement posted by WWE, they said; ‘Following more than two years of extensive evaluations, four-time World Champion Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to in-ring competition by leading neurosurgeons, neurologists, and concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Javier Cárdenas, and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.’
Bryan’s last match was on Smackdown back in April 2015, but it seems as though his return could be at WrestleMania 34 in just under three weeks time.
Wrestlaholic HQ were thrilled when the news broke that Bryan can finally return to the ring, two years after his retirement segment on Raw in 2016.
Fans and wrestlers alike are delighted that Bryan has been cleared, including fellow Smackdown Live stars Becky Lynch and Shinsuke Nakamura and Raw superstar Seth Rollins.
What does this mean now for the leader of the ‘Yes Movement’? Will he remain as Smackdown Live’s GM or move into a full-time wrestling role? Will we finally get to see The Miz and Daniel Bryan square off in a ring following their feud in 2016?
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Personally, I’m delighted that Bryan is able to resume his in-ring career. He’s been striving for this clearance for over two years and I just want the guy to be happy, he deserves it. Although a lot have pressed for him to be cleared beforehand, it was clearly done for his health rather than just to annoy fans. It will be great to see Bryan back in the ring and the storylines that will follow, most importantly, will he get a WrestleMania 34 match? His tenure as General Manager may come to an end so if there is an open vacancy on Smackdown Live, a storyline could also brew from that.
But most of all, I’d love to see a long feud with The Miz. Despite being on opposite brands right now, the heat is there. In 2016, during Bryan’s time on Talking Smack, The Miz absolutely killed it as Intercontinental Champion and his face-offs with Bryan were some of the best parts about WWE television. Now that this can be settled in the ring, it makes it so much more appealing than it already was.
I’d probably give Bryan a lighter schedule than most superstars, as his star power is so big now. I’d refrain from having him wrestle on every single show he attended like he used to before the injuries. Saving him for the pay-per-views would be a much better venture at the moment, despite the drama it causes with Brock Lesnar.
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