It’s now becoming more widely accepted that the main issue Daniel Bryan is facing right now is concussion related following a match with Sheamus at the Smackdown tapings right after WrestleMania 31. Bryan was sent home from the WWE’s European tour and numerous denials soon followed that it was concussion related.
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, seemed to give it away that it was concussion related when feeling that Bryan’s wrestling career was over as he experienced the same career ending injury during a match with Bill Goldberg in WCW.
“For all intents and purposes, he had the exact same thing happen to him that happened to me after Bill Goldberg kicked me in the head [ending Hart’s career]. One day, you learn it’s over. Doctors tell you that you can’t wrestle and you’ll never wrestle again. I lost millions of dollars because of that. I pray that it’s not the same for Daniel Bryan. I saw him in a lot of his matches after he came back from the injury, and he was taking suplexes on the back of his head, powerbombs, and other really dangerous moves, I know he wanted to test it out, but I think he may have pushed himself too hard. He’s like Dynamite Kid in the sense that they’re both tough and neither wanted to admit that injuries got the best of them. He’s finished forever, but I don’t think he’s even realized that. He’s probably thinking, ‘Maybe it will get better in a few months,’ but unfortunately, I don’t think it will.”
WWE was quick to deny any concussion related issues with Bryan after he was sent home from the European tour, most likely due to numerous outstanding lawsuits against the company regarding brain trauma.