For fans in the WWE Universe waiting for the in-ring return of Daniel Bryan, every bump, fall and now rope run is giving hope to a return to action and the potential that Bryan's career as a performer in the WWE is not over.
Bryan has made it extremely clear he wants to return to in-ring action. Whether that be with the WWE or another promotion, he's been making strides in his overall health and has been cleared by a number of doctors who have seen the progress in his concussion issues. The only issue is, the WWE's main medical staff hasn't followed suit. It is because they have yet to clear him (or at least it's not public knowledge they have) that fans have not seen one of the many potential dream matches Bryan could have with the current WWE roster.
That doesn't mean fans have given up hope. In the dark match that followed SmackDown Live this past Tuesday, while a melee ensued outside the ring, Bryan was seen running the ropes with Sami Zayn. It was a moment of joy for the current general manager but former WWE Superstar and it's led some to speculate that maybe he's ready for a bit more than just making matches.
Dark matches are always so much fun! AJ, Shinsuke, and Randy v. KO, Sami, and Mahal with special guest referee Daniel Bryan!— Zaira 💋 (@coupdebanks) December 27, 2017
Look at Bryan running the ropes!👀
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Could Bryan be gearing up for a run as a wrestler again? There is some dispute among fans and insiders as to how much Bryan can or can't do in the ring before it's safe to assume he's been given the go-ahead. Some say his recent tendency to climb into the ring and be a part of the action (regardless of how little) means he's been ready to roll. Others believe there are two different sets of clearance.
Time will tell where Bryan sits with the WWE medical staff. If he continues to get more and more involved, that has to be considered a good sign. If running the ropes is the limit to the physicality he's permitted to do, a return inside a WWE ring seems unlikely.