Only a couple of days after hinting at a potential return at WrestleMania 34, WWE Smackdown General Manager and former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan has been officially cleared by the WWE for in-ring action.
As per WWE‘s official statement:
“Following more than two years of extensive evaluations, WWE Superstar 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.”
— WWE (@WWE) March 20, 2018
Bryan retired from in-ring wrestling back in May 2015 due to multiple complications related to concussion. Though he was cleared by external medical professionals, WWE doctors did not clear him until now.
What role will he play in Wrestlemania 34? Could he team up with Shane McMahon to face Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn? Tonight’s Smackdown Live might give you those answers.
Check out the tweets by WWE superstars. Shinsuke Nakamura even teased a dream match.
This is great news. No one needs to wish anymore. They can see it with their eyes. #NakamuravsBryan
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) March 20, 2018
This may be a first in all of professional sports. So stoked for Bryan and for what it could mean for head trauma research and rehabilitation in contact athletics. https://t.co/g3nnD11wVM
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) March 20, 2018
What a #RusevDay surprise!
One of THE BEST ever returns to the ring finally. https://t.co/C2mmWrMmbO
— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) March 20, 2018
Good. I’ve been meaning to punch him in the face for years now. https://t.co/PlSWmNm86k
— ecIII (@therealec3) March 20, 2018
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) March 20, 2018
— No Way Jose (@WWENoWayJose) March 20, 2018
If the news is true, congratulations to @WWEDanielBryan for staying patient and positive during the last few years. Good things do happen to good people.
— The Big Guy (@Ryback22) March 20, 2018
Amazing news. https://t.co/EZKJNR1jfA
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) March 20, 2018
This makes me so crazy happy https://t.co/dcMvnIuGtf
— Queen Cathy (@catherinekelley) March 20, 2018