Bryan Danielson has opened up about being forced to retire while with WWE, revealing the real reason why he had to step away from the ring.
In February 2016, Danielson explained that he was retiring from in-ring competition due to a concussion-related injury. Danielson announced that he had been cleared to return to action in WWE in March 2018, to the surprise of many fans.
Speaking with wdel.com, Danielson opened up about his brief wrestling retirement, revealing that it actually came as a result of him ‘lying’ to WWE about his medical history.
Discussing the complexities of concussion research, Danielson said:
“I legitimately thought I was healthy and still think that I’m healthy. One of the reasons I was forced to retire was not because of the concussions, but because I lied about that. You have to understand, from WWE’s point of view, I had been wrestling for them for six years but then all of a sudden, they opened this Pandora’s box about ‘lying about his medical history and now we can’t trust him.’ A lot of that was building the trust back, but they were also legitimately looking after my health. I was going to see doctor after doctor and doing everything that I could to improve brain function to show, above and beyond, that my brain was healthy.
“It’s also my love of wrestling. It felt like I wasn’t really to be done yet, I still needed to come back. I also think there’s a lot left on concussion research to be done, and when you’re seeing the top doctors in the country and they’re all clearing you to do what you love to do, I think you should be able to do that.”
Danielson is currently signed to AEW, after his first appearance for the company at All Out on September 5. He most recently was in action on the Dynamite 2nd Anniversary show, teaming with Christian Cage, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus to face Kenny Omega, Adam Cole and the Young Bucks.
On the next coming episode of Dynamite, Danielson will do battle with new AEW signee Bobby Fish.