Now that the good news surrounding Daniel Bryan not requiring a second neck surgery is public news, the WWE expect that the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion could be back in action before the end of the year.
It was feared that Bryan may need to undergo Tommy John surgery this month, and it was the reason the WWE felt the best course of action would be to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
No second surgery
The surgery was scheduled to take place later this month, however the doctors didn’t want to rush this procedure and instead opted to wait to see whether Bryan would regain the strength in his right arm, now that he is improving the second surgery will not be needed.
If Bryan had gone through with the surgery then with rehabilitation it was feared Bryan could miss most of 2015 as well, but judging on how his rehab goes now without needing surgery, he could be back in action in November of this year.
Although his return isn’t officially confirmed, the feeling in the WWE is that they don’t want to rush Bryan to the ring and see the Survivor Series event as a time appropriate event to bring the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion back into action.
Even though Bryan is out of action now, the original plan was still for Bryan to lose against Brock Lesnar at the SummerSlam event with the gold on the line, but the WWE had no choice but to take another big-name superstar in the form of John Cena replace Bryan.
Although the WWE don’t want to rush Bryan’s progress, they will be looking at him closely to make sure he will be available to compete at Survivor Series, where he is expected to be thrown right back into the championship picture; where Brock Lesnar is still expected to be the defending WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Fans and personnel will have doubts over Bryan challenging for the championship again, he does deserve another crack at it but the fact that he is coming back from a surgery and recovery, perhaps putting him inside the ring with a very physical Brock Lesnar may not be the best decision.
Lack of challengers
At the same time, the WWE is lacking challengers for Brock Lesnar, we’ve already seen Lesnar dominate John Cena at SummerSlam and is expected to defeat Cena again at Night of Champions. He has already ended the streak and a feud with The Big Show is also on the horizon – another opponent he is scheduled to defeat. With little opposition remaining, Bryan is a huge name which should be considered.
Many would prefer Bryan taking part in a big traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match, where he wouldn’t have to be in the ring as much as he would in a one on one match but would still be able to look strong – whether they choose a lighter workload over a much heavier one with Lesnar remains to be seen.
WWE fans – what do you think? Will Daniel Bryan be back in time to compete at the Survivor Series pay-per-view? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.