Daniel Bryan Cleared To Return To In-Ring WWE Action
Daniel Bryan is making a WWE comeback nearly three years after his final match.
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The 36-year-old former World Heavyweight champion was cleared to return to the ring. Bryan tweeted this announcement Tuesday afternoon:
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
Bryan sustained several concussions throughout his career as an active WWE superstar, which began when he was 18. He also reportedly suffered concussion-based seizures that he confessed to have hidden from wrestling officials. Bryan was told during experimental testing in early 2016 that he wouldn’t be cleared to compete again in a WWE ring.
In an interview with ESPN’s SportsCenter shortly after that, Bryan warned young athletes about the dangers of brain trauma and urged them to take precautions.
“It’s really hard because the concussion issue is really subjective,” Bryan said in a follow-up interview with then-ESPN host Jonathan Coachman in August 2016. “And that’s the part that a lot of people don’t understand. I was cleared by a lot of concussion specialists. There was one test that kind of flagged me, but then the more I learned about that test, the more I learned that, hey, maybe that shouldn’t have stopped me.”
Bryan began undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments to reverse the effects of previous concussions.
The wrestler signed his first WWE developmental contract in 2000. After 18 months, he was released and began a run in the independents. He eventually re-signed with WWE in 2009, debuted as part of the reality-show version of NXT and ultimately made his “main roster” debut as part of The Nexus in June 2010. On that night, however, an incident involving the choking of ring announcer Justin Roberts with his own tie led to Bryan’s release four days later.
Bryan went on to become a three-time world champion and most famously competed in the opening and closing matches of WrestleMania XXX to win the WWE world heavyweight championship.
Approximately a year before his final match, in May 2014, Bryan underwent a cervical foraminotomy to repair damage to a nerve root in his neck. He didn’t return to in-ring action until just before the Royal Rumble in January 2015.
Since 2016, Bryan has been the on-screen general manager for SmackDown Live.
Bryan’s famous chants of “Yes! Yes! Yes!” are still used today in many WWE competitions.