After months of silence, Daniel Bryan recently began to open up about the medical issue that’s keeping him out of action. Bryan suffered a concussion back in April and he’s since been cleared by his personal doctor, but WWE’s in-house concussion specialist won’t allow Bryan back in the ring. So, in a deeply ironic development, the Yes! and No! guy is caught between two doctors telling him exactly that.
Well, Daniel Bryan recently spoke with IGN about his WWE status, and it sounds like a more definitive answer on Bryan’s WWE future may be coming soon.
“One neurologist who specializes in concussions, cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent. But the WWE’s medical doctor is skeptical, because of my history of concussions and that sort of thing. So they will not clear me. So now, we have two doctors: one saying no, one saying yes. They’re going to send me to a third doctor at some point in the near future and that doctor will decide my fate.”
As we’ve reported previously, Daniel Bryan is fairly insistent that he’ll continue wrestling even if WWE doesn’t clear him, but up until now, he hasn’t been provided any specifics about where he’d go. Well, in addition to a return to the indies, Bryan also, somewhat surprisingly, sees Mexico in his future.
“John Cena and I actually had this discussion. He said, ‘If something were to happen to you and the WWE, would you go back to doing the indies?’ Absolutely! I’ve gotten this sudden fascination with the lore of lucha.”
According to IGN, Bryan specifically likes the idea of doing a high-profile hair vs. mask match, and headlining a CMLL anniversary show.
But what if this third doctor also says Bryan shouldn’t get in the ring again? It’s one thing to say you’ll never give up wrestling when it’s a 50/50 deal, but what if the medical consensus is “wrestling will break your brain, so stop it already?” Bryan seems to be coming around to realization that this might be it…
“If they send me to a third neurologist who’s also highly respected in the concussion field and they say literally no, well, then is it really smart to go against two doctors? I get all fired up…and then I’m like, maybe that’s not the best thing for me and my family going forward.”
So, if Daniel Bryan’s in-ring career is over, would he consider taking a non-wrestling job with WWE?
“I think I would really enjoy be a commentator. But it’s one of those things where it’s hard for me. The idea of being around it and seeing people do it and not being able to do it.”
Basically, Bryan is putting it all on the line with this upcoming third opinion. Doubling-down and pushing in all his chips. If the third doctor says he’s good, then the stalemate is broken and it’s off to the races, but if not, then it’s going to be very hard to justifying lacing up the boots again. Let’s hope all the Yes-powered positivity Bryan has put out into the world comes back around to him in the end.