Recent rumors have suggested that Daniel Bryan could actually be cleared to compete by the WWE, as he has emerged as one of the bookies' favourites to win the men's Royal Rumble match in Philadelphia this Sunday.
The King of Beards is one of the favourites for the Royal Rumble match this weekend at the Wells Fargo Center despite the fact he hasn't wrestled for the WWE in over two years. His last match for the company was a tag team match alongside John Cena against Cesaro and Tyson Kidd during a SmackDown taping in April 2015.
Since then, Bryan has not been cleared by the WWE to perform in the ring again and due to his concussion history, they're unlikely to clear him anytime soon although recent speculation has suggested he could win the Rumble this Sunday. Now new reports have emerged which further support the notion that he's not being cleared to compete anytime soon.
The WrestleMania Axxess VIP schedule for the autograph sessions over the weekend of WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans has been released, and according to PWInsider, Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose will be appearing for signings on the Sunday, the morning of WrestleMania 34.
The reason why this is significant, as WrestleVotes notes, is that historically, the superstars who appear for signings on the Sunday morning don't usually wrestle at The Showcase of the Immortals later on in the day.
WrestleMania 32's Sunday morning signings had Seth Rollins and Randy Orton, while WrestleMania 33's signings on the same day had Kurt Angle and Edge. This year's Sunday morning signings are Bryan and Ambrose, meaning these two will likely not be cleared to compete at WrestleMania 34.
If this is the case and Bryan isn't competing at WrestleMania, then there's no point in WWE just clearing him for the Royal Rumble and then have no further payoff down the line soon. This means, most likely, Bryan will not be a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble this weekend in Philadelphia.
As for Ambrose, this confirms what we already knew about The Lunatic Fringe, as he is currently inactive due to a triceps injury, which required surgery.
WWE said in a statement on their website last month that he would be out for nine months to recover from a high-grade triceps tendon injury, and his Sunday morning signings on the weekend of WrestleMania 34 confirms he won't have a match at the event.