Even when Daniel Bryan was on top of the WWE pyramid, main eventing WrestleMania and leading the hugely popular Yes! movement, there were reservations amongst the WWE hierarchy about giving him top billing due to his chequered injury past.
Those fears proved accurate when Bryan was forced to miss the best part of two years after neck surgery and concussion issues, before ultimately retiring earlier this year.
It is perhaps understandable then that Vince McMahon reportedly saw Bryan as an injury prone Superstar that couldn't be trusted to head the business. Unfortunately for one member of the Women's Division, McMahon apparently sees the same characteristic in her after recent events.
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As reported by Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestlezone, the WWE CEO has compared popular Women's Superstar Sasha Banks to Bryan because of her own issues with injuries.
Having been off WWE TV since an April 18 appearance on RAW as part of her storyline, the popular wrestler suffered what was reported as a "serious concussion" last week in an unfortunate incident that saw her kneed in the head by a referee during a six women tag match.
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The freak head injury comes just a few months after Banks was forced to miss over a month of action at the turn of the year with what PW Insider claimed was an MCL injury.
With two legitimate injuries in the space of six months, the 24-year-old appears in danger of having the WWE hierarchy pigeon-hole her as someone who can't be trusted to hold down a title or perform on a regular basis.
Considering she held the NXT Women's Championship for a full 192 days, such a label might be a little harsh for McMahon to pin on Banks at this early stage of her career.
Nevertheless, Wrestling Observer, in their report on McMahon's view on Banks, speculates that the CEO's concerns could leave the WWE wary of giving her a significant title push in the future.
Hopefully, The Boss will be able to return from her latest injury setback fighting fit and ready to prove her doubters wrong.
She is one of the most talented members of the Women's Division right now and undoubtedly has the talent to be a successful champion - as did Bryan - if given the chance by the WWE's top brass.
Things have at least progressed in the right direction today with news that Banks has been cleared to return to action after her concussion.
She will be working this weekend's shows in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and La Crosse, Wisconsin before, you'd expect, returning to WWE TV in the near future.
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