Is the WWE pushing Daniel Bryan to perform at Extreme Rules this coming Sunday despite reports that the Intercontinental Champion is suffering from a concussion?
According to reports, Bryan suffered the injury against Sheamus prior to the WWE going on its European Tour.
We know now that since the match was supposed to go long, Bad News Barrett ended up lasting a while against Cena. It made sense to have Barrett replace Bryan due to the UK affiliation. However, many still wanted to see Bryan. The reason he missed time and only did tag matches was because of an injury. WWE didn’t know exactly what was wrong with Bryan, so they wanted to get him back to the United States to seek medical treatment, which is why he was sent home from the European Tour.
Bryan, who was out of action for months and had to give up the WWE World Title due to a neck injury, has been back in the ring since the Royal Rumble, but has not changed his high octane style in the ring. For that reason alone, every time the leader of the “Yes!” movement takes a hard bump, fans and the media hold their breath. Now, there seems to be some reason for concern. The WWE needs Bryan to perform as he remains one of the hottest performers going today.
He is expected to face Bad News Barrett in a rematch for the Intercontinental Title on Sunday.
The depth of Bryan’s injury is not known. And because of the lack of knowledge, the media is questioning whether the company is pushing Bryan into the ring before he may be ready to perform.
Due to CM Punk exposing some holes in WWE medical, if WWE wants a guy to perform, he will do so. Punk mentioned that he felt strange after the Royal Rumble in 2014. WWE then had him do some tests, and Punk knew things weren’t right. However, WWE wanted him to be on WWE RAW and didn’t seem to care about his safety. He then mentioned WWE testing was a joke.
It is not known whether or not WWE has continued with the same patterns that Punk alleged. Yet to put a guy in a match after being diagnosed with a concussion within the last month does seem reckless. Again, we do not know how bad Bryan’s concussion is or if he could or could not pass testing. Since he had it before the tour kicked off, one does have to wonder if he made things worse while wrestling. WWE does need to be careful with such a guy, especially due to him being back from another injury.
Bryan is still scheduled to defend the title on Sunday, but an injury like this could lead to a short-lived title reign, which would not be good for the WWE.
Remembering Rick Rude
It was 16 years ago that the wrestling world lost Rick Rude, a performer who still remains one of the most underrated wrestlers of all time.
Rude performed for many promotions, including World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).
Rude wrestled from 1982 until his 1994 retirement due to injury, with a final match following in 1997. Among other accolades, he was a four-time world champion (three-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WCWA World Heavyweight Champion), a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, and a one-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion. Rude also challenged for the WWF Championship and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on pay-per-view.
Men wanted to be him, women wanted to be with him. He was great on the microphone, great in the ring and great for any promotion he entered. The business lost a great talent when he passed away in 1999. He is still sorely missed today.
The shame in remembering how great Rude was and what an asset he was to the WWF/WWE, is that he still has not been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hopefully that will rectify itself soon.