Daniel Bryan has made a miraculous recovery from his severe neck injury in the last month and will main event SmackDown tonight on his official return to a WWE ring.
Bryan has been out of action for the last eight months due to a neck injury that has plagued him for almost two years.
The popular wrestler had to vacate the WWE Heavyweight Championship belt he won at WrestleMania 30 last year, before he subsequently embarked on neck surgery and endless months of rehab.
There were even points in his recovery when Bryan was told by several doctors that he would not be able to return to wrestling. This is because the damaged nerves in his neck had made his right arm so weak he couldn't even 'open a car door'.
But thankfully more intensive rehab has progressed Bryan to the stage where he can actually take to the ring once again. However, this doesn't mean we will see the same Daniel Bryan that dominated WrestleMania 30 in the coming months, with the superstar wrestler saying he will have to make changes to his wrestling style. And for wrestling fans looking to see Bryan perform his top-rope dropkick every night, they will be severely disappointed.
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"Obviously, I'm thrilled I can use my right arm again. It's hard for me to say [if I will perform every move]. It's all going to depend on how my body feels," Bryan told Bleacher Report.
"This has happened to me before when I was on the independents. I would go away—I wouldn't get hurt or anything—but I'd go England for six months. And in that time period, I would be changing my style.
"My style was going to change anyway. But it's true, I'll be asking myself, "Do I need to do the top-rope dropkick and all that stuff every night?" (Laughs). Probably not. It's hard, though, because I think that's exciting."
Changing his style
Although Bryan won't initially come back as the same dynamic popular wrestler we all know and love, he says he's excited about the challenge of creating new moves that won't be as dangerous for his recovering body.
"But there are other exciting things I could do that won't put as much pressure on my neck," added Bryan. "I've been doing exercises to strengthen my neck, but I won't really know how it's going to feel until I get in there and do it."
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