SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan announced his retirement from in-ring competition two years ago, but he has worked extensively in trying to get cleared to wrestle again.
Bryan has played a big part in the angle of SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon constantly trying to screw over "best friends" Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. There have been rumors that he could be involved in the Owens-Zayn match at WrestleMania 34, too.
But in an interview with The National, Bryan admitted that there's actually a chance he does compete at WrestleMania in New Orleans:
“I don’t know and I don’t think they know. I think it all depends on whether or not I get cleared. As of this moment, as of today, I am not cleared by WWE.
I have done everything in my power...So far every doctor has cleared me that they have sent me too and so there is a chance.
I used to think that the percentage of the WWE ever clearing me was low. I think with the stuff that I have done it has gone a little higher but I don’t know how much higher.
With how everything is there is one day to go if I don’t get cleared [storyline wise] and then there is another way to go if I am cleared. I am hoping to be cleared but I don’t know which way it goes.”
Earlier this week, Randall Ortman of Cagesideseats.com reported a rumor that Bryan may be a special guest referee in the Owens and Zayn match, which could also include Shane McMahon being added to the bout.
Bryan also admitted recently that if he doesn't compete at WrestleMania, he likely wouldn't fight for WWE again. With his contract running up later this year, there has been speculation that Bryan would leave the WWE and join a different promotion to wrestle.
It's always possible Bryan could perform limited in-ring work if he does wrestle at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but WWE has taken major precaution to ensure his safety before anything else.
WrestleMania 34 is only three weeks away, so we'll find out real soon if Bryan pulls off the impossible and returns to the ring in time. It certainly would be one of the most epic moments in recent WWE memory if that were to take place.
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