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*looking at flights right now*

I don't think I mentioned this, but my surgery was postponed until April 13th. So I am going to get to go to the NJPW show as well as PWG. This is really, really tempting.
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Think of the fucking dream match potential. Nakamura, AJ, Balor, Samoa Joe, Owens, Sami....finally blow off the Miz shit.

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The only downside about this for me is that DBry is probably staying with WWE now, which means my dream of Bryan in NJPW against guys like Okada, Naito, and Omega probably won't be happening any time soon.

But still, this is fucking awesome.
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I'm listening to WOL right now. Dave and Bryan are discussing it but nothing new seems to be coming out (yet).

This is really frustrating lol.
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And you're right, he will probably remain in WWE.
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Bruh. Bryan is gonna be in the ring with Owens and Zayn in 3 weeks. I know he has wrestled both of them before but Sami Zayn is the rare example of a guy who is better in WWE than indies. Not matchwise but peraonalitywise.

Fuck. We might see a Bryan v Nakamura program soon.
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Praise Woken Matt Hardy

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Twitter is amazing right now

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Spoiler alert damn

Also. 100% there is a clause Bryan has signed stating he won’t sue them if he fucks his brain up
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Spoiler for what? It was released on every legit platform by WWE.
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The Observer write up is really good with a few interesting tidbits. All In was originally going to be DB's return show, which is why Cody was using the LaBelle lock, there was a coalition of doctors who were going to go after maroon to clear DB, and DB has some pretty stringent testing every night he is out there.

Quote:"Injuries do heal, even to the surprise of doctors. As more and more knowledge comes with the specifics of brain injuries, solutions and aids in healing those specific issues, will also be worked on. This is a science that is changing rapidly. Whether he realizes it today or not, it is entirely possible that time and knowledge will lead to healing his small subacute or chronic lesion in his temporoparietal region of his brain.

It is unlikely, but it's far from impossible, that one day he will show up on television and surprise everyone, telling them, `Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.'"

February 13, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter

After three years on the sidelines and two years since his memorable retirement speech, the WWE has cleared Bryan Danielson to return to wrestle.

Danielson, 36, was almost surely going to be wrestling by the end of the year. After being cleared by numerous doctors, if WWE had not cleared him, he would have likely worked for New Japan, ROH, CMLL and other promotions starting in October.

Danielson was pretty well told he would be cleared after an examination in Pittsburgh on the evening of 3/19 by Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Medical Director for the WWE. Maroon, who has been categorized, and unfairly, as the villain in this story to some fans (while equally unfairly Danielson has been portrayed by some as ignoring medical advice to insist on continuing his career), made the ruling in 2015 that Danielson would not be medically cleared to continue wrestling. Maroon made the ruling after learning that Danielson had suffered two seizures, that were thought to be concussion related, suffered around 2012, along with a history of perhaps more than 20 concussions dating back to the start of his career in 1999.

He has not had a seizure since. However, it wasn't until 2015 that he told Dr. Javier Cardenas, one of the first doctors he saw after a concussion shortly after WrestleMania that year, that he admitted to it. Maroon was also told about it shortly after.

Maroon then made the call that he be retired.

Danielson worked with other doctors over the next year and had been cleared to return, but Maroon was adamant on the subject. There was some speculation that outside factors could have played a part in this, including a concussion lawsuit filed by a number of ex-wrestlers against WWE making the company leery of taking a risk on a wrestler with a history like his. There was also the portrayal of Maroon as a villain in the 2015 movie "Concussion." The movie portrayed Maroon as the NFL defending doctor who tried to deny the conclusions in Dr. Bennett Omalu's research on CTE, its link to football and the long-term effects of concussions.

Still, Danielson has always made it clear that he believes Maroon was acting in what he believed was Danielson's own best interest, but he disagreed with his conclusions, even more as more doctors cleared him.

During this period, he asked to be released from his contract and work elsewhere. WWE refused to do so. Worse, WWE had frozen his contract during the period he had been out of action, meaning that, essentially, the contract was never ending. He continued to get paid his downside guarantee but he was not able to wrestle anywhere. There was, at the time, seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel. He even contemplated different attempts to get fired, which, incidentally, probably wouldn't have worked.

But as long as he wasn't performing on television, he couldn't go elsewhere, for years, perhaps ever. For many, people would see this as a lucrative deal making easy money for a long time, without having to do much except some public relations and media work. For him, it was the opposite.

He also had experience in 2014 with a neck injury, which was feared to also end his career. He had been experiencing neck problems and a weakness in strength in one arm from a stinger in a match with Randy Orton in 2013. But he was on fire, as the crowd got behind him and the "Yes" chants. At times, crowds went so wild for him that they took over shows and got in the way of planned angles.

He was scheduled to face Sheamus in an undercard match at that year's WrestleMania. But two unrelated things happened, one being that C.M. Punk, who was miserable, quit the promotion. The other was that Dave Bautista, who was brought in to be the babyface superstar at WrestleMania, to win the Royal Rumble and face Orton for the title, wasn't getting over as a face.

Plans were changed for a two-match storyline, where Daniel Bryan would at first beat HHH, who was Punk's scheduled opponent, and if he did so, would be added to the title match, making it a three-way. Bryan ended the night with two big wins and one of the biggest championship win reactions in modern wrestling history at the Superdome in New Orleans.

But the neck injury got worse, and he underwent surgery a few months later. It wasn't considered serious, and they did an angle where he was bullied and refused to vacate the title, since he wasn't expected to miss much time. But his strength didn't return after the surgery. In a move that screwed up the planned storyline, he actually then had to actually vacate the title. Still, as popular as he was, the long-term plan when he won the title was to feud with Kane, and then lose in convincing fashion to Brock Lesnar, who would then be pushed as unstoppable, until losing at WrestleMania in 2015 to Roman Reigns.

The role played by John Cena in that one-sided match at the 2014 SummerSlam show was the role planned for Bryan.

When almost all hope was lost, he found a doctor using a new technique who was able to provide treatment where he gained most, but not all of his hand strength back and returned to action. He was kept somewhat strong, but even with his popularity, he was not booked as a top guy.

Worse, the live crowd was furious in the 2015 Royal Rumble when he didn't win, just as they were in the 2014 Rumble when he didn't even enter. In 2014, he was only scheduled for a match with Bray Wyatt and never advertised for the Rumble, but fans somehow convinced themselves he was going to win as a surprise entrant, even when it was clear and reported Batista was winning.

In 2015, he was kept in for a short period of time, and eliminated long before Reigns came out. The crowd that year turned on Reigns' winning and it's been an uphill battle getting Reigns cheered ever since, as it became the cool thing at TV and PPV especially, but even at house shows, to boo Reigns. The decision was then made to put Reigns against Bryan for the Mania title shot, in which Reigns would win, and Bryan, the most well liked wrestler on the roster by the fans, would then endorse him as the top guy. But that didn't work either, and eventually, one week before the show, Vince McMahon decided to delay the Reigns coronation, the big win over Lesnar, for a short period of time. That short period of time has since extended to three years.

He was in a six-man ladder match at the 2015 Mania in Santa Clara, CA, where he won the IC title. Two days later, he was banged up badly in a match with Sheamus in Fresno at the Smackdown TV tapings.

Danielson has said that it was one week later, in Dallas, where he suffered the concussion that, until recently, looked to have ended his career. The entire situation was a mess because WWE was under the gun on the concussion issue and clearly mishandled everything.

Danielson, right after suffering the concussion, went on the European tour and clearly was not right. He worked seven straight nights on the tour, all in six-man tags. Within a few days, it was clear things weren't good and in his last few matches he was limited to doing 30 second spots for the finish and only taking one bump, for his busaiku knee finisher. His wife, Brianna (Brie Bella), was in particular adamant that he was not himself and something was wrong. We were told at the time from a few people that he was working after a concussion. However, after reporting that, WWE was adamant that he had not suffered a concussion.

After an April 14, 2015, match in London's O2 Arena, where Cena & Bryan beat Tyson Kidd & Cesaro in a dark match at the end of a television taping, a match where he did almost nothing, he was sent home from the tour. He has never done a match since, and shortly after, Maroon ruled that he could never wrestle in WWE again.

In early 2016, in an attempt to get more evidence to clear him, Danielson took a new brain test from Evoke Neuroscience, Inc, in New York. His finding out about the test was based on a series of flukes, largely related to an off-hand remark by Kevin Kelly while announcing the January 5, 2016 New Year's Dash show, where Matt Striker made a joke in reference to the IQ of Mark Briscoe, only to have Kelly note that they had done IQ testing of the ROH roster years earlier, and Mark Briscoe had the third highest score, behind only Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness.

The key is that people with high IQs who may have some brain damage can often create new pathways around the injured area and appear to have no damage. There was new testing purported to be able to isolate a damaged part of the brain, and had already been used by the military and in some MMA circles to determine when it was healthy to return to sparring after suffering a knockout.

In theory, the test would find out if his not showing any signs of his multitude of career concussions affecting his thinking ability was a sign of that, or that nothing was wrong and his brain was fine.

He took the test on January 21, 2016, in New York. The results, which he got several days later, were exactly the opposite of what he had hoped for. A small acute lesion was found in the temporoparietal region of his brain, where the temporal and parietal lobes meet, was found. The belief is that is what caused the seizures.

He reported the results to the WWE, and it only made WWE stronger in its position that he would never wrestle for them again. As coincidence would have it, the February 7, 2016 Raw was held in Seattle. Vince McMahon called Danielson a few days before the show and, since he would never wrestle again, asked him to do a retirement speech, feeling Seattle is the closest thing to his home town. He at first didn't want to, but his wife convinced him it was the best thing. In Seattle, his mother and all of his family could come and see his final moment in the ring.

The 25-minute speech combined humor, sadness, unbridled joy, and nearly every other emotion possible. It was a longer, and really a better version of the most famous sports equivalent, the July 4, 1939 speech by Lou Gehrig in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig was one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, whose career had ended two months earlier after being diagnosed with a disease that would end his life two years later, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a term virtually nobody to this day knows. Instead, it's been known for almost 80 years as Lou Gehrig Disease, or ALS for short.

"For the past two weeks, you have been reading about the bad break I got," said Gehrig. "Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this Earth."

The last line was immortalized forever in an award-winning movie, and is still among the most famous lines in American cultural history.

One could argue that the Daniel Bryan interview that closed Raw was the greatest segment in the 25 year history of the show.

The afternoon before he gave the speech, one of the doctors he had seen, when finding out about what was going to happen on Raw, said, "Oh my God. This was too soon."

Another doctor he had seen Dr. Javier Cardenas, told Danielson shortly after the speech the same thing.

Danielson went into a depression. WWE had scheduled a series of events in major cities, Madison Square Garden, the U.K. tour, likely something at WrestleMania, for him to make appearances for a Daniel Bryan retirement tour. He didn't go to any of them.

The thing people don't realize is that he had made a pact with himself, and his wife, that he loved wrestling, wanted to wrestle badly, but if his brain was in a condition that wrestling wasn't the right thing, he would move on with his life.

A second test by Evoke Neuroscience confirmed the same thing the first did. At first he seemed to accept that wrestling was over.

He had a great career. He was one of the best, some would say the best in-ring performer of the prior decade plus. He had also achieved a level of success and popularity that nobody ever could have expected, given his size and look. As it turned out, historically, people like he, Rey Mysterio and C.M. Punk were among the people who changed the idea of what a star wrestler had to look like. Vince McMahon and Paul Levesque had been around for decades, and they knew what a star looked like, and what a great wrestler inside the ring meant. He was fired once years earlier because, as good as he was, it was perceived he had no star qualities. When he did become a star all over the world, he was seen more a guy who could give you a good match on the roster, but could never headline. Then when he got over, he was seen as a guy who could be a real player, but not a tippy top guy. Then he was actually made champion, but it was portrayed as a fluke, with the idea he was delusional in that he really believed he was a real champion and could beat massive men like The Big Show and Mark Henry, while the audience was supposed to be laughing at the silliness of his believing in his fluke win. Except the audience wasn't laughing.

Some of it was luck and timing. He saw something UFC fighter Diego Sanchez did when he was chanting "Yes" as he would go to the ring, copied it, and somehow it caught on far beyond anything anyone could expect. It got bigger than wrestling and moved on to the sports world. He became almost like a symbol for championship runs by the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Seahawks title winning teams, something WWE didn't even push because in their view, he didn't look like a guy who could be a star outside the bubble of the hardcore wrestling fans and WWE saved that stuff for their top guy--John Cena, and later, Roman Reigns.

Then Punk walked out, which had nothing to do with him, and Batista didn't get over, which to a degree did because fans resented that anyone but him be in that year's WrestleMania title match.

But without the ability to connect with the fans on interviews in a genuine way, and without the respect of the audience to his in-ring ability, the "Yes" chant would have made him only a temporary footnote, Scotty 2 Hotty making the crowd explode in every match doing the worm or Godfather or Enzo Amore's popular ring entrances.

He took to gardening, reading as many books as he could, and was planning on going back to college and starting a life as far away from wrestling as possible. It was rough. The closer he was to wrestling, the worst it would be. But when your wife is a wrestler, her twin sister is a wrestler, her twin sister's boyfriend is the biggest star in wrestling, and you're on two different wrestling-based reality television shows, getting far away from wrestling wasn't possible.

Money wasn't a major factor. He was under a good contract. Some, really almost anyone whose prime concern was financial, would see the idea that his guaranteed income would be extended by the contract being frozen while being able to be at home most of the time as a good thing.

In a discussion with a doctor about the test results that gave his career its final death sentence, he was given more information on exactly what a lesion constituted. In layman's terms, something was there, but it wasn't necessarily as bad as he was led to believe. He already had several doctors clear him and say he was ready to go. He felt great. But he was trapped contractually. He could perhaps sue to get out of the contract, the unique example of a guy suing to be able to work much harder, travel much more, be away from his baby daughter and make less money most likely, because even two years ago the money that could be made on the independent scene was far less than today.

The subject of Daniel Bryan and wrestling was one of the most-discussed of anything the past few years. I don't know if there was ever a day when I wasn't asked about the subject, either from fans who acted like his going to work for New Japan would turn him into a vegetable and were either concerned, or trying to mentally come up with an argument why he shouldn't leave WWE and work for the bad guys. And there were those who just wanted him to wrestle, feeling he was cleared by every doctor he saw but Dr. Maroon, although that wasn't 100 percent true, blaming a WWE conspiracy where Vince McMahon ordered Maroon to keep him out so he wouldn't work against Reigns getting over as the hand-picked top guy.

But he was cleared by far more doctors than he wasn't and had been tested more stringently by more people when it came to his brain than probably any wrestler in history.

There was no right answer. And today, there is still no right answer, which is the very reason that, while cleared, his situation will be monitored differently than any other wrestler in the company.

It was and still is a weird point in time. Ten years ago, he'd have been wrestling without any qualms. Ten years from now, we'll probably have so much better testing when it comes to brain trauma and knowledge, that we'll know with far more certainty whether he should wrestle again. But the key has always been, many of the best experts in the field, during this entire ordeal, felt he was fine.

The WWE Network did a tribute documentary to him in 2015, voted the best of its kind that year. When he was asked about working for WWE going forward in a new capacity, he said, it was like "a partner breaking up with you, getting married to someone else, and then asking you to be best friends."

Well, WWE first asked him to be best friends, doing the color commentary with Mauro Ranallo in the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic tournament. He was fine with that. He felt a kinship with smaller, talented wrestlers, many, like him, who had shined on the independent scene for years, but unlike him, had never gotten a career break.

Then he was pretty much told that, with Smackdown going live on Tuesday nights on the USA Network, to help get the show over, they wanted he and Shane McMahon, because of the popularity of both men's characters, to give the show a positive vibe. He was pretty much forced into the best friend role that was exactly what he didn't want. It really wasn't his choice, and while he shined in the role, he was often unhappy with it. He was now around wrestling constantly, watching people do what he wanted to do, while he was forced to watch.

But there was a major silver lining. He was now working regularly, so his contract was back in play. With him returning in the summer of 2016, it meant he would be able to wrestle again this fall. When he had been asked in the past, he believed the contract was going to expire in October of 2018, although he said because of the nature of the freezing and unfreezing, he didn't know for sure. In an interview he did just before being cleared, while in the Middle East, he said the date it expired was 9/1, meaning he couldn't have done the All In show, but would have actually been free the next day. With his being cleared, that's a moot point now.

In the big picture, he had more than two years of having to be far too close to what he wouldn't be allowed to do, but there was now a light at the end of the tunnel. Unless it was proven to him otherwise in new testing, he absolutely was going to return to wrestling, and he knew exactly when.

In addition, the non-WWE scene he would be walking into was more popular, of overall higher quality, with more visibility. It had a seemingly endless number of talented new people that he had never worked with, or he had years earlier, who had since grown in ability tremendously, being among the best in the world now, since the last time he did.

Danielson brought up his wife twice in his television interview. At first, both from seeing him during that 2015 U.K. tour, and later after taking the 2016 test, she was not hot on his returning to wrestle. But in time, she became his biggest supporter. He even cited inspiration from his daughter, with the idea of teaching a lesson that if you want something bad enough and believe in it, don't let anyone tell you "no."

Danielson last year found out about Hyperbaric Chamber therapy, which football legend Joe Namath had endorsed as far as increasing cognitive ability and as a treatment for people who had multiple concussions. Danielson started doing the therapy about one year ago, and in cognitive testing, showed improvement as he went along. The doctors in Jupiter Medical Center were just the latest to give him strong reviews. He was told after taking their Nuclear Spec Scan testing that his brain was in better shape than most non-athletes of his same age, let alone someone who had an incredible number of concussions and participated in a very physically damaging entertainment endeavor for so many years.

While this was the treatment he did for the past year, in the end, it had absolutely nothing to do with his being cleared. Most, if not all of the doctors who come from the conventional medicine world had no interest at all in the Nuclear Spec Scan testing, which is not AMA approved.

Cody Runnels, in particular, saw this opportunity and began taunting him by using the LeBell lock in his big matches. The idea was to build a proposed "All In" show for the fall around Bryan's big return against him. New Japan had both interest, and concern as well, about bringing him back to be part of the expansion of their big four to a big six or eight.

Still, he made one last appeal to WWE. Earlier this year, he made essentially a last ditch case.

He asked Maroon to send him to the brain specialists that Maroon felt were the best in the country. The idea was that if one of them nixed him, at least he tried. Even if none of them nixed him, there was no guarantee Maroon would change his diagnosis, but Danielson felt it was his last and only shot left. If Maroon himself picked the doctors, he'd be more open to what they had to say as opposed to the doctors that he found or that the company found previously.

He also agreed that if he were to come back, he would agree to adhere to perhaps the most strict concussion protocol any athlete in sports has ever agreed to.

There were at least three key doctors that he saw over the past two months before he saw Maroon this past week.

Dr Robert Cantu is a well-known concussion expert and the Co-Founder of the CTE Center at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Cardenas, the first doctor who cleared him back in 2015, and the first doctor who told him in 2016 that he had no reason to retire if he didn't want to, created the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, which is the national's most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment and education program. He's also on the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee.

Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher is the National Director of the Sports Neurology Clinic and Team Neurologist for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Team Neurologist for the U.S. team in both the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Although he was not aware of this, one of the doctors in particular was aggressively trying to get all the doctors who had examined him, both those listed here and every other one he had seen since 2015, to work together for a united front to pressure Maroon to clear him.

Regarding the All In show and the 9/1 date, the plan was to hold the show later with Danielson headlining. However, they were aware of Danielson working so hard to get cleared by WWE. They felt there was a significant enough chance for it to happen, and decided upon, and later announced the Labor Day weekend show, a date where it was impossible Danielson could appear on. Cody also stopped doing the LeBell lock and they stopped teasing Danielson's name in social media. On the flip side, Danielson was still studying non-WWE wrestling, in particular of Zack Sabre Jr., and thinking about the idea of a vegetarian submission masters tag team.

As late as two weeks ago, Shane McMahon was not listed for a match at WrestleMania. That changed shortly after the 3/6 Smackdown television show. At Fast Lane, the angle was shot with McMahon, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn for WrestleMania.

At the time, there were multiple plans in place, one of which was, if Danielson was cleared, putting McMahon & Bryan vs. Owens & Zayn. There were backup plans. Among them was Shane getting a different partner, or them doing a three-way match or tag match where Bryan would be the referee. WWE had no issues with Bryan refereeing a match while not cleared, but he wouldn't be allowed to take bumps.

The plan was for Maroon to test Bryan on 3/27, the day before the Smackdown tapings in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena, where he would either be cleared or not. If it was not, it meant he would officially start preparing for his New Japan/independent run in the fall, and likely, WWE would start preparing for how to write him out of the Smackdown General Manager role.

However, voices from above, likely Vince McMahon because he's the only one who one would think would make this call, insisted on the WrestleMania match situation settled this week and not next, so they could start building whatever angle they needed to do for match this week and presumably announce it next week.

Maroon was asked to see him on 3/19, a decision that wasn't exactly the easiest given that Bryan at the time was in Abu Dhabi, doing promotional work for WWE. He flew from Abu Dhabi, to Pittsburgh, and had an evening appointment.

After more testing by Maroon, Maroon reversed his long-held position. Danielson was said to have had tears in his eyes. Even then, as word somewhat spread at Raw that night among some talent that he would be returning, and he thought he was returning, it was still not 100 percent because there were other concerns. For Maroon, he was a doctor, controversial to be sure, but also with major credentials who had been adamant that he made a decision that he thought was the best one for both Danielson and the WWE. He could have insisted that his original decision was correct, rather than reverse the ruling he's held tight on for three years.

It was not official until the morning of 3/20,very shortly before WWE announced publicly it that the actual final decision was made.

The television show was remade. WWE got the word out, not because they knew others had found out, but knowing it would lead to a big rating, and announced he was cleared and he would open the show. As expected, the show drew 2,888,000 viewers, the best number the show has done since a draft show on April 11, 2017. In fact, it was the third best number, trailing only the 2016 and 2017 draft shows, since the move to the USA Network, and probably going back a few years before that on Syfy,

The story is not without its sense if weird karma. Danielson, after seeing Maroon, flew to Smackdown on 3/20 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. When he arrived, he found out he would be doing a physical angle to set up his WrestleMania match.

The American Airlines Center was the building where, as he believes it, he suffered the concussion in a six-man tag team match that at one point he thought had ended his career.

WrestleMania, his first match back, will be at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It's the same building that began the biggest two week emotional roller coaster of his life four years ago.

It started with his triumphant win of the WWE title at WrestleMania, followed with his wedding, his honeymoon, the death of Connor Michalek, the charismatic young child he had become close with and was at ringside for his win, and is now the face of WWE's pediatric cancer charity promotional work.

Then, just as he arrived back from his honeymoon to appear on television, he got the word that his father had passed away suddenly at the age of 57.

As much as he loved wrestling, when he wrote his autobiography that year, he talked of his father as his best friend, and of all the time he missed seeing him because he was on the road being a wrestler. He had just figured that when it was over, there would be a chance to make up for that lost time. And now there was no chance of that ever happening.

His conclusion at the time, when thinking, with the benefit of hindsight, if his wrestling career was worth it, he said that it wasn't.

Bryan opened the show in Dallas, briefly addressing the television angle where Shane McMahon was injured by Zayn and Owens, before telling his story.

He said that over the past few years, while he did go through depression, he focused on being grateful. He said there were times he was angry and times he was mad that he couldn't do what he wanted. But he tried to always focus on being grateful that he had an amazing family, amazing friends and the best fans in the world. He praised his wife, who he said told him that he needed to fight for his dreams. He said she was the one who encouraged him to seek out specialists. He admitted there was a time he wanted to quit the company, but instead, decided to fight to be able to wrestle for the company again. He said that for a time wrestling for WWE seemed impossible, really until the day before, when it actually became real.

He said that for the past two months, he had seen the best neurologists, all over the country and every one told him "You are cleared." He thanked WWE and their doctors, without mentioning Maroon by name, for looking at him as a person and not a wrestler and for giving his case another look. He again thanked his wife, and said that he didn't know when he'll be back, which led to a "WrestleMania" chant.

The show ended with his WrestleMania angle. He was out with Owens & Zayn. Zayn & Owens suggested that Bryan come with them to form a dream team. Bryan said that when Shane said he was living vicariously through Zayn & Owens, that he was right. He said he's known them for 15 years, that they have the same background. But, they assaulted their boss. He said that you guys should be happy, you are booked to wrestle each other at WrestleMania (Owens vs. Zayn was announced for the show, but it was not the plan). He said that can you imagine ten years ago, if we were all in an armory in front of 300 fans, if someone told you that you would be wrestling each other at WrestleMania? And he said that they got what they wanted, that Shane was taking a leave of absence. Bryan said that he was the one in charge and he was in their corner, but they still felt the need to assault their boss. He then told them that he had been fired twice by WWE but each time came back a better man. He acted sad to have to do it, but he then fired both of them.

The place popped, even though fans deep down wouldn't have wanted either fired. On that night, Daniel Bryan could do no wrong. He told them that this doesn't mean you are gone forever, it means you are gone for now. Zayn shook his hand. Owens, more slowly, did as well.

Then Owens decked him. Bryan and Zayn started fighting. Both started a beatdown. Bryan came back with kicks to Owens, a German suplex to Zayn, and running dropkicks into the corner on both, looking like he hadn't missed a beat in his three years away. In just seconds, he was transformed from the guy with the beard in the suit who was once a wrestler, to looking like the guy who was one of the greatest wrestlers in the world.

The crowd was going crazy. Owens then superkicked him. Zayn laid him out with a Helluva kick. Owens power bombed him on the ring frame, showing that he is back all the way, and they continued to beat on him until Bryan was taken out on a stretcher.

The WrestleMania plan is Bryan & Shane vs. Owens & Zayn.

As far as what is next, there really isn't anything decided.

He is back as a regular. His schedule hasn't been decided. The best guess is something similar to Randy Orton's schedule, where he'd be a regular but not work the entire house show schedule, but still work many house shows and all the big shows. Dream matches with the likes of Zayn, Owens, A.J. Styles, Rusev, Shinsuke Nakamura or Chad Gable, as well as others who may be brought up, are likely, dependent upon how the next draft shakes things up. As far as the contract situation goes, nothing has changed, but there is nothing indicating that he wouldn't sign a new deal as long as everything goes right.

The only difference between him and every other wrestler on the roster is that part of his agreement when getting WWE to send him to leading neurologists of Maroon's choosing to get evaluated, is that he agreed, after every match, until WWE was comfortable that he was okay, he would go to the WWE doctors backstage and get Impact testing and a neuropsychological evaluation done.

As far as what this means, time will tell. In 2015, after his return, while still perhaps the most popular wrestler in the company, he wasn't used as a top guy. Often when guys come back from long absences, like the Hardys last year, they get the initial pop, but after two months or so, Vince McMahon sees them as guys who need to put over the new acts. Granted, Matt Hardy's gimmick enabled him to freshen up, but if he hadn't gotten the rights to it, he and Jeff were already being used mostly to get guys over.

There is the question of his durability. He did have neck problems before that threatened his career. He also has had three years to heal up and perhaps that won't be the case. He's under the microscope right now. Anyone, at any time, in this business can get injured or get a concussion. But if he gets a concussion, he's far more likely to be not cleared than anyone else on the roster. There will be emphasis on his health from every doctor in the company, and management, and the slightest bit of an issue will be magnified most likely. Exactly how much steam they are willing to put behind him won't be clear for about two months, because the early period is always the honeymoon return.

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That was much longer than it needed to be! But still very interesting.

My dream scenario for him is that they pull a Wrestlemania IX and have Roman somehow lose/get injured, Heyman will play the role of Mr. Fuji stating Brock is unbeatable, and then Daniel Bryan will step up into the role of Hogan and defeat the mighty Lesnar. I would also accept similar scenarios where Roman wins the belt, talks shit, and winds up taking the belt off of the big dog at WM or Raw. Honestly I don't want Daniel Bryan in the Smackdown title picture at this time. There are plenty of guys I want him to face but that can all come in time or with a new draft.
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nigga gonna end up retarded
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(09-02-2011, 05:38 AM)RawrBabyRawr Wrote:
it's funny because sal really does have muscles and those pictures he posted up really are of him. seriously.

I finally read all that. Good write-up.

The constant testing is going to be interesting. I have a feeling that if he suffers even 1 more concussion, even a minor one, they're going to bench him again.
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(03-20-2018, 04:40 PM)Tim Wrote: Spoiler for what? It was released on every legit platform by WWE.

I was obviously joking
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Kinda sucks for him cuz everybody I know WAY more excited for Da GOAT's return. Hulkamania is Immortal fam, so happy rite now!!
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Hogan vs. Roman! Greatest dream match of ever!
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I would love to hear Lapsed Bollea's pitch as to why he would definitely have to go over Reigns.

Win the Day!

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My boy only lays down for elite talent like Warrior, Luger, Goldberg, Piper, etc........not flippy fgts with losing records at Mania. Pretty obvi he'd be happy to put Roman over whenever.
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Imagine if Roman slammed the Hulkster in front of 93 MILLION Reignamaniacs!
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