Daniel Bryan

During an interview on the “From the Top Rope” podcast on PodcastOne, Brie Bella stated that she felt her husband Daniel Bryan will find a way to return to the ring even if WWE doctors don’t officially give him clearance to do so.

Bryan, who officially retired from the ring in February of 2016, has remained active on WWE television as the General Manager of Smackdown Live. He’s hinted publicly about an interest in wrestling again, even if WWE passes on letting him do so.

“I told Bryan, ‘You do have a daughter, so always remember that. But if the doctors finally give you the green light,’ I say, Go. Like this is your dream and passion. You have one life to live and I will never hold you back — because I love to wrestle, and I would hate if someone told me you can’t do it. And if WWE doesn’t allow it, then I said, ‘Go somewhere else. It’s all on you.’ Obviously he would love to be able to get back in that WWE ring, but I know for a fact my husband is going to find his way back to the ring. Like, he honestly is.”

Brie also noted in the interview that Bryan has been undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and has around 40 treatments across the country. Bryan hasn’t wrestled since April of 2015 and approval to return would mean a reversal by Dr. Joseph Maroon.

Maroon opted to not clear Bryan to return to the ring after he began experiencing issues again in 2015. Bryan later revealed on ESPN that he hid the fact he experienced post-concussion seizures, including a test revealing a “small subacute or chronic lesion” in his temporal region which is an area of the brain that causes seizures.

  • Cameron Huff

    It would be cool to see him vs (or team up with) Sami Zayn,but this guy might rethink this decision as it could injure him further.

  • Aaron David Harwood

    you know who misses Brie and Daniel in the Ring? Brie and Daniel… stay retired… enjoy your life!

  • Colby

    I think a LOT of people miss Daniel in the ring and many probably miss Brie but not enough to want him to risk his health or risk injury!

  • TheCyberZon

    Agreed that lots of fans miss Bryan in the ring. Brie not so much. We were just starting to see what he could really do in the central spotlight even if the authority idiots in charge were chomping at the bit to sabotage him at every turn.
    If he does return, he’d better damn well stop using that stupid flying headbutt. It not only shortened Bryan’s rising career but put Dynamite Kid in a wheelchair, caused Chris Benoit’s dementia, and Harley Race himself has even said how sorry he is for ever using it. They should ban that damned move across all promotions!

  • Peter Dolly

    Why ban a move that should be limited in the ring during matches or used primarily as a finisher? As for guys like Daniel Bryan, Harley Race, and Chris Benoit they over used the move during there careers which caused the issues it has. But for Bryan he has also done the suicide dives outside the ring cracking his head on the guardrails and the floor many time’s and this has caused the health issue for him, yes I for one would love to see him return for maybe a grudge match but not a full time return which could kill him or put him in a wheel chair ala Dynamite Kid! The same was said for the pile driver, if done correctly and limited, wrestlers won’t be badly injured, look at how HHH, Undertaker, Lawler, and others who have used it? But as for the diving headbutt, there is no need to ban a move that wrestlers should stop abusing!

  • Colby

    Personally I think they should ban it as well – it doesn’t have enough of a payoff vs. the wrestlers who have and may use it again in the future and may abuse it compared to the many moves that don’t lead to as long term an impact that are abused / overused…IMO.

  • TheCyberZon

    I have to disagree. I still say ban the move for the wrestlers’ own good. With the pile driver, there’s a way for experienced guys like Undertaker, Kane, Lawler, Orndorff etc.. to execute the move without permanently injuring someone but the flying headbutt primarily injures the wrestler using it without enough of a payoff whether they overuse it or not like Colby here said.
    As for Bryan himself, yes his daredevil wrestling style throughout his career led to his serious injuries but it was that flying headbutt he used on Kane off the forklift at Extreme Rules 2014 that put his well-being on the final downward spiral leading up to his extended time off then eventual forced retirement. That move now has a bloody list of wrestlers whose careers & health it has ruined enough to warrant banning any wrestler from using it ever again.