Last week’s episode of WWE Smackdown ended with brand General Manager Daniel Bryan taking a powerbomb from Kevin Owens on the apron on the ring. This is a particularly brutal maneuver for those watching, as fans have been told time and time again that the apron is the hardest part of the ring with the least amount of
That was the plan, at least, but for most people watching in the arena and at home it was less a moment for anger and more a moment of relief mixed with a tinge of horror. Two hours before Bryan took that powerbomb, he opened the show by announcing that two years after he was forced into retirement by the WWE he had been cleared to compete once again. To say that this is a big deal in the wrestling world is an understatement of the highest magnitude; at the time of his retirement Bryan was one of the three most popular wrestlers in the company, and at age 34 should have had at least another half decade of matches ahead of him.
It was concussions that drove the WWE to remove Bryan from active competition. Having wrestled for a decade and a half, his body had seen its share of damage, but it was the concussion-related issues that he was dealing with that worried the company that set the stage for both Bryan’s retirement and the subsequent fight to get the WWE to change their mind and let him compete again.
What you have to understand is that Daniel Bryan was always going to wrestle again, amazing retirement segment or not. He traveled the country and says that numerous experts said that his brain was fine and that they thought he was fine to compete. The WWE saw things otherwise, but they couldn’t sit on his contract forever. Bryan always knew that later this year his WWE contract would expire, and as a free
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It was with relief, tinged with a bit of horror I remind you, then that the world watched Bryan take that powerbomb on
At Wrestlemania, Daniel Bryan returns to the scene of his greatest triumph, the Superdome in New Orleans, where he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. It’s something that a few months ago didn’t seem likely at all. And it’s something that, if I’m being honest, I do have mixed emotions about.
Daniel Bryan is a grown man who can make whatever decisions he wants about what he does with his body. His return to the ring is a feel-good story for sure and I’m definitely happy for him; his promo announcing his return moved me in a way that wrestling storylines rarely do. But I also don’t want him
Even though he likely won’t be working a full schedule, I wonder how long it will be before I can watch him compete without cringing when he takes a big bump, or jumps off the ropes, or gets dumped on his head. What