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What's Keeping Daniel Bryan Out, Brock Lesnar Back Next Month, Another WWE Star Healthy

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There continues to be a lot of Daniel Bryan talk following his weekend appearance for WWE to promote Wrestlemania 31 tickets going on sale. Bryan still hasn’t regained the strength in his right hand, however, has not had a second surgery.

Recapping, Bryan had a cervical foraminotomy on May 15, 2014. The surgery was performed by Dr. Joseph Maroon, who is one of the top neurosurgeons in the world, and has performed multiple surgeries on WWE talent. Shortly after surgery, the initial report was strength was “already returning his hands.” It’s something WWE made sure to mention in their coverage here on dot com.

That initial report turned out to be overly optimistic as Bryan failed to regain the strength in his right hand. As far back as July, another surgery to repair a possible “second location” of his nerve injury in his elbow was discussed. That has been the sticking point. Bryan’s failure to regain the strength in his right hand and whether or not another surgery needs to be done to help get it back.

The way Bryan was portrayed in a storyline on Total Divas has resulted in some to believe that Bryan is “refusing surgery.” That’s not the case. It’s the fact doctors are unsure if a second surgery — in his elbow — will help him to regain the strength in his right hand. That’s why an operation has not been performed.

As for Bryan’s future in WWE, he’s hoping to be back in January and has been included on promotional information for Wrestlemania 31. While this does provide some optimism regarding his status, Bryan will not be cleared to return until he regains the strength in his right hand and that’s what has kept him out since May.

- Brock Lesnar is scheduled to return to WWE television before the end of the year. He’s currently on the booking sheets for Monday Night Raw on December 8th and December 29th. I’ve been operating under the assumption he’ll defend the title against John Cena at TLC but can’t confirm as of press time.

- Darren Young was at the WWE NXT live event last Thursday in Orlando, Florida and is expected to be back with WWE soon. Young received clearance to return to the ring earlier this month after suffering ACL and MCL tears (cruciate injuries) last April.

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