One former WWE Champion has spoken about this situation.
That former WWE World Heavyweight Champion is Mark Henry, who recently spoke with Dave Lagreca and Bully Ray on Busted Open this week about WWE not clearing SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan.
He was asked about his thoughts on this as well as why WWE Chairman Vince McMahon wouldn't agree to it. Here is what he had to say (transcript courtesy of Wrestling Inc):
"He wants to keep going and the medical situation will not allow," Henry said. "If I'm Vince [McMahon] - as much as I love Daniel - I'm not going to let him get in there, and get paralyzed, and get hurt on my watch.
They are going to have to show definitive evidence and proof that he can go in there take a pounding, and not get hurt and end up in a wheelchair.
They're not gonna do it. I know Vince, he would not have that on his conscience. Man, who wants to go to the grave going, 'I could have prevented that'?"
"I don't think [WWE has] painted themselves into a corner. What I think they've done is put it in someone else's hands. ... [Daniel Bryan] is great, he is beyond great.
He's Gale Sayers of wrestling. He should be in the Hall of Fame, when he's done, but he's not done."
Henry also talked about who on the roster right now excites him. He mentions that he loves the “action” of Roman Reigns, and that he’s a tough guy that you feel when he gets hit, his face is very descriptive. (These quotes are courtesy of Sirius XM who sent them to us).
“As far as someone that when they come on the TV, I really want to watch what happens next: Finn Balor.”
He says he’d like to see him take a more prominent role, but that’s up to him. He needs to be ambitious. He says he and Bully Ray may need to sit down and tell him who he really is. He says Finn needs to believe in himself to the point where it’s real.
He says our fans think wrestling is real, and the talent need to believe it’s real too. But to Finn, he doesn’t know yet just how real it can be.
Bryan, who was forced to retire last year due to his history with concussions, has talked about wrestling again in the past. Whether that be in WWE or in another promotion. It’s well known that WWE will not clear him to compete.
It’s believed that SmackDown Live Commissioner will be leaving WWE after his contract with the company expires in September of 2018.
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