Daniel Bryan fans have been through some terrible times in the last 12 months.
Bryan was crowned the WWE Heavyweight Champion on April 6th, 2014, but since then things have taken a turn for the worse on numerous occasions for the popular wrestler and his fans.
The star wrestler came out on top in a triple-threat match for the title at Mania XXX, which included Batista and Randy Orton. Bryan then went head first into an explosive, and sometimes bizarre, rivalry with Kane.
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But only a couple of months after securing the Heavyweight Championship, Bryan was forced to admit that his body wasn't up to the battle. In May, 2014, he underwent neck surgery to alleviate a severe injury issue that had left him devoid of any strength in his right arm, while he also gave up his WWE belt.
Eventually, after months of speculation and rumors, Bryan made his return and secured the Intercontinental Continental Championship at WrestleMania XXXI, but injury struck again as Bryan was pulled from the majority of WWE's European Tour before he missed the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
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Will he retire?
There are real fears that Bryan will never return to WWE, with the specific details about Bryan's latest injury currently unknown. However, it remains very likely that the injury relates to the wrestler's past problems with his neck.
Despite fans' fears that he may retire, the popular wrestler offered up some promising quotes this week when he was interviewed about his injury recovery.
Bryan still has his eyes set on recovering from his injury and returning to the ring. If and when he returns to WWE, Bryan knows he will be a very different wrestler that will have to take care of his body more.
“You have to acknowledge how dangerous [wrestling] is to do it safely,” Bryan told Atlanticville.
“And that’s a little bit nerve-wracking, too. And then once you get over that fear of falling back hard and that sort of thing, it’s just a continual learning process.”
Bryan relinquished his Intercontinental Championship title a few weeks ago because of an injury sustained during a match, and he said his current career goal - besides “getting healthy again” - is to create “little pockets of perfection” in his craft.
“Working hard at wrestling never felt like I was sacrificing anything,” Bryan added. “If you do something you’re passionate about and you work hard, and devote your entire being to it, you’ll succeed or, at the very least, find happiness.”