WWE seems to have made it very apparent it would never clear Daniel Bryan to return to action in the ring again, but he still is holding out on that hope, insisting he feels perfectly fine to compete.
“If you were to ask me nine days out of 10, I would say, ‘Absolutely!'” Bryan said on SportsCenter (transcription via ESPN). “I keep trying to convince people that I’m OK to wrestle, and I think that’s probably the hard part. A lot of times I’m trying to convince myself, too, that I can wrestle. It’s really hard, because the concussion issue is very subjective, and that’s the part that a lot of people don’t understand.”
Following a concussion in early 2015, Bryan spent much of the rest of the year getting tested and seeing various experts on the matter.
“I was cleared by a lot of concussion specialists,” Bryan said. “There was one test that kind of flagged me, but then the more I learned about that test, the more I learned, ‘Hey, maybe that shouldn’t have stopped me.’
“There’s a lot more than meets the eye to this situation. I feel great, and I feel like every day that I can wrestle. I’m doing jiu-jitsu and kickboxing and stuff like that, and I feel 100 percent.”
Bryan now is the on-screen General Manager for SmackDown, and his continued presence with WWE has tested his drive to somehow get back in the ring.
“When I go out there, the whole arena is like, ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ and then I just sit in a chair, and I just watch the match,” Bryan said. “And then I go home to Brie [Bella, his wife] and say, ‘I’m going to quit. I’m going to go wrestle somewhere.’ And then she talks me down off the ledge, and I’m just like, ‘OK.’ I’ve got to think about her, and we are trying to have a family and that sort of thing. But that part of it is tough.”