At this year’s Comic Con press conference, the main talking point surrounding Daniel Bryan was the attempted burglary on his home, but Bryan also delivered the inevitable news that he will indeed require further neck surgery, reports Wrestlezone.com.
This will be the second neck surgery for Daniel Bryan in a forgettable 2014, although he got married he also was forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, deal with his father’s passing and now this news isn’t good for Bryan or his fans.
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The first surgery was announced on the May 12 episode of Monday Night Raw, the night after the Extreme Rules pay-per-view where he retained his championship titles in an Extreme Rules match against Kane. On May 15, Bryan underwent his first successful neck surgery with a cervical foraminotomy to decompress the nerve root.
The WWE were still hopeful that Bryan would recover from his injury in time to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view but as each week passed it looked more and more unlikely that Bryan would be competing or even defending his gold, ultimately leading to Bryan vacating the championship.
Bryan did appear on TV in the Money in the Bank pre-show – where he was interrupted by Bo Dallas – and he did hint to the fans that he could potentially require a second neck surgery and it’s confirmed that Bryan will definitely be on the treatment table once more.
At the Comic Con panel which also featured Michael Cole, Paul Heyman, Hulk Hogan plus a special appearance by Sting, Bryan mentioned how the original surgery was for a compression of the ulnar nerve in his neck; he also has bone spurs in his spinal cord and the doctors didn’t pick up on the fact that the nerve was compressed in his right elbow as well.
This basically means Daniel Bryan now has approximately half of the strength in his right arm than he does in his left arm.
This isn’t good news for Daniel Bryan, or for his fans for that matter who were hoping to see the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion back in action soon. Right now there is no word on how long Bryan will actually be out of action for, but my best guess is that Bryan will be out for the remainder of the year as a precautionary.
It’s understandable that the fans will be upset at this news, but at the same time Bryan has been working through injuries and he will need further time to heal his body and come back fully fit, perhaps a return in the Royal Rumble match itself early in 2015 won’t be such a bad idea.