Daily Wrestling News reports that a source from within WWE told The Wrestling Observer that Daniel Bryan is expected to be out for the next five weeks.
This means that he will miss Extreme Rules and May's Payback pay-per-view.
Because WWE putting the Intercontinental Championship on Bryan is more of an attempt to bring prominence back to the title instead of a demotion, it seems very unlikely that the creative team will vote to strip Bryan of the title and either put it back on Bad News Barrett or give another rising mid-carder a chance to shine with the belt.
Bryan suffering another injury during a crucial time period while holding a championship doesn't bode well for his position backstage. While many promos are purely for the emphasis of a story line rivalry or feud, many fans and writers believe that Bryan was never viewed as a main attraction in WWE's eyes to begin with.
As an undersized independent circuit wrestler, Bryan has beaten tremendous odds to achieve the status in the sport that he has. The WWE fan base and the internet wrestling community were furious when he was eliminated in the middle of the Royal Rumble match, and then proceeded to halt Roman Reign's WWE World Heavyweight Championship push with their protests.
Daniel Bryan is clearly over with the WWE fans, but he won't do them the service of eliminating high risk maneuvers from his repertoire so that he can keep himself healthy for them.
The diving headbutt and suicide dive may have been needed to excite fans in the beginning, but now he is a seasoned veteran-a former WWE, World Heavyweight, and WWE World Heavyweight champion- who no longer needs to destroy himself night in and night out for a cheap pop.
Daniel Bryan is an excellent technician within the squared circle and should capitalize on highlighting the arsenal of moves that made him famous in Japan and on the Indy circuit if he wishes to remain a legitimate main event player in the long term plans of WWE.
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