Before you get out your pitchforks and start complaining about the booking of Daniel Bryan as WWE intercontinental champion, you should probably be aware that things aren’t exactly as they seem for the American Dragon.
Dave Meltzer reported on a recent F4Wonline.com podcast that Bryan is hurt. Meltzer wouldn’t get into the details but did report that Bryan is injured and the WWE are being very cautious with their former champion. This would explain Bryan’s limited participation in tag team matches on television and on the recent European tour.
The timing of this news is not that surprising. Bryan just returned a few months back after being sidelined for close to a year with neck and arm issues. Yet Bryan worked a high impact ladder match at Mania which put him at great risk for re-injury. I can only speculate but I think it is fair to assume that he got hurt in the match. Bryan wrestled a hell of a match the following night against Dolph Ziggler but has remained limited for the most part since that match.
Ironically Bryan just recently talked about concerns from WWE officials about his style and risk for injury. “Hey, listen, you need to stop doing some of these things that you do.’ They have legitimate concerns over my healthy and well-being, which is nice, but also I feel like I consider myself an artist and I like to go out there and create art the way I like to create art.”
Yet they book him in a ladder match at WrestleMania? Brilliant!
Bryan is still scheduled to wrestle Bad News Barrett at Extreme Rules. At this rate I’d bet on some Bad News walking out of Extreme Rules with the title and Bryan getting some much needed rest following the event.