Daniel Bryan has repeatedly found himself drawing the short straw since his career began in WWE in 2009. However, this latest turn of bad luck could be his last.
Recent reports have stated that the head of the WWE medical department, Dr. Joseph Maroon, firmly believes that Bryan should not wrestle again because of his worrying history of concussions.
For the sake of Bryan’s own safety and physical health, he should consider the doctor’s opinion, although a retirement at the young age of 34 would devastate fans, along with Bryan himself.
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Bryan is possibly the unluckiest person to ever sign a contract with WWE. He was fired in June 2010 for being too violent as he appeared to strangle announcer Justin Roberts with his own tie.
He re-signed with the company a few months later, and earned a solid place on the mid card by becoming the United States Champion, before progressing to becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, where he famously lost the title to Sheamus at Wrestlemania XXVIII in 18 seconds.
Following this, Bryan dwindled down the card, falling out of favour with Vince McMahon, much to the dismay of fans around the world.
Bryan would struggle to find his place in the company for a few years, until the infamous “Yes! Movement” gained him sufficient momentum and popularity to earn his place at the top of the card, becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Wrestlemania 30.
More bad luck
Less than two months later, Bryan was forced into vacating his well-earned title due to his health problems.
An almost identical scenario unfolded the following year after he captured the Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania 31, where he once again had to vacate his recently won title because of his constant health issues.
Bryan’s popularity has been one of the most noticeable facets of the modern day WWE. Bryan himself has stated that he wouldn’t have won the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania had it not been for his immense backing from the fans.
Online speculation suggests that Vince McMahon is in two minds over Bryan’s future in the business. McMahon reportedly doesn’t want to grant Bryan a return to the ring if it will jeopardise his health.
However, McMahon is aware that Bryan is one of his biggest draws, and losing him will hurt business.
It goes without saying that everyone is rooting for Bryan to pull through. We all want to see him return to the ring, and will be upset at the possibility of never seeing him wrestle on our screens again, but his health comes first, and if Bryan listens to Dr. Maroons advice, then we will all support Bryan’s choice.