It's already been more than two years since pro wrestler Daniel Bryan announced that he would be retiring from the WWE. But the 36-year-old is likely to return to the ring once again.
Daniel, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, has been cleared by the WWE to fight, and people have now speculated that he would make his debut in a few weeks at WrestleMania 34.
The WWE announced today,
following more than two years of extensive evaluations, four-time World Champion Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to in-ring competition by leading neurosurgeons, neurologists and concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Javier Cárdenas and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.
The WWE further shared,
Bryan underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE. He was cleared by each doctor as well as WWE's Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon,
Daniel Bryan to Return WWE Despite His Retirement Announcement: Would He Fight at WrestleMania 34?
As previously reported, the former World Heavyweight Champion announced his retirement in February 2016. At the time, he took to Twitter to make this disheartening announcement.
Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude,
The 36-year-old Bryan had been on a medical leave from WWE for almost a year for a concussion-related injury and at the time, it was not even sure if the legendary fighter would ever be able to compete again.
Additionally, in May 2014, Bryan also previously underwent neck surgery.
In a recent interview with The National, Bryan said,
I used to think that the percentage of the WWE ever clearing me was low. I think with the stuff that I have done it has gone a little higher but I don't know how much higher.
With how everything is, there is one day to go if I don't get cleared [storyline wise] and then there is another way to go if I am cleared. I am hoping to be cleared but I don't know which way it goes,
Recently during Total Bellas show, Bryan opened up about his trouble dealing with his battling depression and his retirement.