Daniel Bryan to make sensational return to WWE after absence of over two years
The WWE has announced that Daniel Bryan has been cleared to make a return to in-ring action after retiring for medical reasons two years ago.
Bryan, the winner of multiple titles and one of the most popular figures in wrestling, announced his retirement in emotional fashion on Raw in February 2016 after suffering multiple concussions throughout his career.
Bryan became the SmackDown LIVE General Manager following his retirement and it has kept him busy since, but on Tuesday, the WWE confirmed that he has been given the all clear to return to the ring.
Saying goodbye to the ring was one of the hardest moments of my life. But thanks to the amazing people supporting me, I was able to keep fighting for my dream. This moment feels surreal and I'm glad to be able to talk to you all at the beginning of #SDLive tonight.
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) March 20, 2018
A statement issued by the WWE read: “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 underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE. He was cleared by each doctor as well as WWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon.”
His impending return, not surprisingly, has been greeted with much rejoicing in the wrestling world.
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) March 20, 2018
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) March 20, 2018
Yes! 🙌 https://t.co/RRxR6i06j7
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) March 20, 2018
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) March 20, 2018
The #7Deities have BESTOWED a KINDNESS upon the @WWEUniverse..
In return for DELETING Bray & ABIGAIL into The Lake of Reincarnation, we've all been REWARDED with a REGENERATED VESSEL for The Dragon of America.
It truly was The #UltimateDELETION. #YesYesYes https://t.co/pPllow5xAh
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 20, 2018