In 2016, Daniel Bryan was forced to walk away from WWE due to injury. In the two years that followed, he tried to get cleared by a number of doctors. Now, he has revealed one doctor telling him wrestling would be good for his health.
“It was really a process. I didn’t want to come back if I shouldn’t come back. Concussions are no joke, as we know. If there were long-term repercussions if I came back, I didn’t want that for me, my wife, our child. I met with enough doctors and did enough different things. One doctor in Detroit said, ‘When you talk about wrestling, you get a weird excitement.’ People now are like, ‘How are you still so excited about wrestling?’ I don’t know. I just really like it.
[The doctor] said, ‘When you talk about wrestling, you light up. Is there anything else in your life that makes that happen?’ ‘Yeah, when I talk about my daughter and my wife.’ ‘Anything else?’ ‘I like gardening’ ‘You get passionate like that about gardening?’ ‘Not really. It’s interesting to me intellectually and I like doing it, but I don’t get worked up about different stuff.’ He said, ‘As opposed to it being negative, I think it will be good for your health. You want things that you’re passionate about. If you’re not passionate about stuff, you lack mental stimulation.’ Brie talked to doctors and she became gung-ho about me coming back and was supportive. It’s good to have someone behind you who is like, ‘If they won’t clear you, go somewhere else!’ That’s empowering.”
Bryan would end up returning to the ring in 2018, capturing the WWE Championship later that year.
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