WWE legend Daniel Bryan had to retire at the age of 34, following a series of concussions and a brain lesion. Bryan reluctantly took advise from medical doctors and hung up the boots, but has remained active as the general manager of SmackDown since last year's brand extension.
Since retiring, there have been rumors and reports about Bryan trying to get back into the squared circle. Well, Bryan did an interview with The Trentonian and told them that WWE wants him to wrestle again.
Here is what Bryan had to say about WWE wanting him back, and if it could happen:
“All my tests have come back fantastic, better than people who have never had any concussion-type stuff. But it’s a weird thing. We’re in a weird situation politically with the climate around concussions; right now, it’s very difficult. WWE would love to have me back, but is that the smart thing for me as a business to bring me back? If I was to come back, and they let me back, would they get a lot of flak for it? They have a ton of stockholders that they’re responsible for. It’s more than just, ‘Is he healthy to do it?’"
Bryan is absolutely right about the concussion issues. The severe results of CTE studies— linked to retired NFL players—have brought a dark cloud over the sport. Concussions have also been a major concern for hockey players, where many NHLers had to retire.
Bryan is now 36 years old, married to Brie Bella, and has a baby daughter. Even if he's medically cleared to perform, it's a risk.
Many WWE stars in recent years had to retire, due to injuries. This includes Edge, Bret Hart,"Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Sting, Droz, and others. As sad as it is, the human body can only withstand so many bodyslams and other dangerous wrestling maneuvers.
However, Bryan wants to return to the ring—and he claims the feeling is mutual with the WWE. Never say never.