The WWE and its fans got a shot in the arm so to speak this week when it was announced that Daniel Bryan is eyeing a return to the ring at the Royal Rumble in 2016. After speculation about the former WWE World Champion’s future and the possibility that he may never wrestle again, this is certainly great news for all parties concerned.
“I feel great. And it’s just a matter of getting cleared by doctors. Their whole clearance process is more difficult than people would think.
That’s the biggest issue. I will wrestle again. But it’ll be interesting to see when. It’s kind of in the hands of certain doctors, as far as them clearing me and whatnot. My goal was to be back by SummerSlam, and that’s looking less and less likely, and so then you’re hoping to be back by Royal Rumble.”
The WWE has been on this roller coaster with Bryan before after a neck injury sidelined him last year, forcing him to relinquish the company’s title he won at WrestleMania. Bryan’s return to the ring, coincidentally, was at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia this year. He won the Intercontinental Title in a prolific ladder match, but shortly thereafter injuries forced him to the sidelines again – this time with no timetable set for his return, casting doubt on the leader of the “Yes!” movement and his career.
Since his string of injuries, the WWE has had issues with finding someone to step into Bryan’s spot as a face contender and woo the fans. The experiment with Roman Reigns fell on deaf ears and Dolph Ziggler appeared ready for the challenge, but bad booking and storylines basically hurt any momentum one of the more popular wrestlers in the company had coming off WrestleMania.
Even a recent run by Dean Ambrose – where he battled current WWE World Title holder Seth Rollins was thwarted by management.
The company has gone back to the old guard and has relied on John Cena as the lead dog in a sea of hungry neophytes who are not ready yet to carry the company torch.
According to the rest of the story on the website, during another interview on the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN in New York on Thursday morning, Bryan said he still has three years left on his current WWE contract, so at least he’ll continue to be around for a good long while, regardless of his role with the company.
While Bryan’s news was a hot topic of conversation on social media and the Internet, Kurt Angle was making some news of his own when it comes to his final match as a professional.
The former WWE and TNA world champion was quoted as saying he wanted his final match in the ring to be against Bryan.
Personally, that is music to me ears.
“Epic matches in the future? The first that comes to mind is Daniel Bryan. He is Shawn Michaels reborn. I would love to retire against a wrestler I believe has won over the hearts of millions of fans. How did he win their hearts? He’s that good. Give me 30 minutes with Daniel Bryan and I will give you the match of the century.”
Fans for some time have wondered if Angle, who had surgery recently to repair a neck injury, would return to the WWE before he retired. While the subject has been discussed recently of a potential return by Angle, it appears the WWE has no interest in bringing him back any time soon.