WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan announced on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw that he'll undergo neck surgery on Thursday.
Bryan built the announcement up by discussing that he knew it would be an "uphill battle" as WWE champion but the hill is steeper than he thought it would be. Bryan incorporated storyline aspects of the climb, by noting his issues with The Authority and Kane before making the announcement. He said in the promo there was a chance his career could be over, but "it won't be."
We are able to confirm Bryan has a legitimate neck injury and will undergo surgery later in the week. However, the word going around earlier in the day was the procedure will be minimally invasive.
WWE has yet to respond to our request for comment.
Below is some reaction from Twitter:
DB oddly, I know exactly how you feel. Damn. Don't take anything for granted. Good luck, man. I mean it #RAW
— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) May 13, 2014
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) May 13, 2014
If you missed the segment, you can watch it at this link or embedded in the video below: