Daniel Bryan cleared by WWE to return to the ring

The day that thousands of pro wrestling fans never thought would come is actually here: WWE doctors have cleared Daniel Bryan to return to the ring as an active wrestler.

The WWE released a statement Tuesday that said, “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 Cardenas and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.

“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.”

Bryan had announced his retirement in February 2016 after suffering from seizures following numerous concussions in his career. Tests revealed a lesion on his brain. In the time since, Bryan visited several of the leading neurosurgeons in the country and believes that treatment in a hyperbaric chamber has greatly helped his brain injury.


The decision, coming just weeks before this year’s WrestleMania, opens the door for Bryan to join Shane McMahon in a match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.