Despite not being cleared to compete with the WWE, Daniel Bryan still has his mind set on returning to the ring. Speaking with Busted Open Radio, Bryan talked about his future in the ring.
Unfortunately, Bryan believes that it’ll take more than simple medical clearance for the WWE to let him back in the ring.
“The frustrating part is it doesn’t necessarily have to do with how I actually am medically,” Bryan said. “It’s a lot of, I don’t want to say political, but it’s just the situation around concussions at the moment. Everything is so fear-based. The media is fear-based, all that kind of stuff. If this would have happened 10 years ago, for better or worse, they would have just put me right back out there. If this were to happen 10 years from now, it would be a different story because they’ve have better testing. They’re working on better testing now and you’d have a better understanding of where we’re at as far as concussions go.”
As of now, all the tests that Bryan has undergone have come back with positive results.
“All the tests that I’m taking are all saying that not only am I good, but better than your average person who’s never had any concussions,” stated Bryan. “And that’s the frustrating part.”
Despite a strong desire to return to the ring, Bryan admits that his family is his highest priority. His daughter Birdie is now six months old and Bryan will not allow any potential issues risk the future of his family. If the results of any medical tests advise him against an in-ring comeback, he won’t return to physical competition.
“If there’s ever any tests that I take that says you’re not healthy, you shouldn’t do this, I’m not going to do it because I don’t want to put my family at that kind of risk.”
In the meantime, Bryan has been a fan-favorite as GM of Smackdown Live, a unique role they still allows him to build emotional rivalries with other superstars. However, as pointed out by numerous smart fans, without the opportunity to conclude the feud properly inside the ring, the altercations rarely deliver a pay-off, making the spot a conflicting one for Bryan, who is trying to be content while he patiently awaits his clearance.
“I just did an interview in the ring with Sami Zayn a couple of weeks ago and you know that we could just go out there and the crowd would eat it up and it would be awesome,” Bryan said. “And the same thing with the Miz last year. There’s that very real disdain between the two of us that we could have really made something special. So missing out on those little things, part of me dies inside, but then I look at the bigger picture and I know that this is my role for right now. And come September, one way or another, I’ll be wrestling again. Or, if a test says that I’m not, then I won’t.”