When Daniel Bryan was pulled from the European Tour earlier this year due to injury, all sorts of rumors and speculation began as to why, when and if the Superstar would return.
While views varied, one thing most discussions had in common was the belief that the Yes! Movement leader had suffered a recurrence of the neck injury that kept him out for so long in 2014.
Well, according to the man himself, that simply hasn't been the case. Speaking to Buston Open satellite radio show today, Daniel Bryan revealed the real reason for his prolonged absence.
"Well, it;s actually not a neck issue, my neck is completely fine," Bryan explained.
"It's more of a concussion issue. And Brie (Bella) was very hesitant about this whole thing and that's why WWE is very protective over me too."
Although it is concerning that Daniel Bryan remains out of WWE action due to health concerns, the news that it wasn't lingering issues with the serious neck injury that required surgery last year will be seen as something of a positive by the WWE Universe.
With Bryan having been absent for over three months now, some may question whether a concussion could realistically keep a star out the ring for so long.
But, whilst in the past wrestlers may have jumped back into action after a couple of weeks rest, the WWE is very concious of concussions at present and are wary of rushing back Bryan too early:
"I don't see what they're doing, as far as making me go through all these hurdles, I don't see that as a negative.
"They're protecting me and especially in this era of concussion awareness."
Bryan made clear that, alongside WWE doctors, it has been his wife, Diva Brie Bella, who has wanted to be 100-percent certain that her husband won't suffer any long-term damage should he be allowed back in the ring.
Considering his history that is understandable. Fortunately it looks like all parties are now satisfied and Daniel Bryan will be returning to the ring in the future - hopefully free of neck and concussion problems from here on out.
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