A rumor of Daniel Bryan potentially returning to WWE at tonight's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view was started when Scott Keith made this post on his "Blog of Doom." The post contains an email from a reader that claims to have been on a flight with Bryan to Los Angeles, who reportedly said he was returning to work on Sunday. The email has already circulated throughout the Internet, with catchy headlines that Bryan could make his return live tonight on the WWE Network.
I haven't heard anything about Daniel Bryan returning at Hell in a Cell but wouldn't as WWE would likely work extremely hard to keep a return quiet. As for the post by Scott Keith, I personally believe it's a rib on wrestling news websites. Several have already tweeted me, asking about it, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to post what we know for sure about Daniel Bryan.
We can confirm Daniel Bryan's name has come up backstage in WWE recently but it depends on whether or not he is medically cleared to compete. The situation is that WWE's doctors have not cleared Bryan but an independent neurologist has cleared him. Bryan stated in an interview earlier this month that WWE planned to send him to a third doctor in the near future to determine his status.
“One neurologist who specializes in concussions – who was the neurologist for the Super Bowl last year – cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent. But the WWE’s medical doctor is skeptical, because of my history of concussions and that sort of thing. So they will not clear me.” Bryan explained.
“So now, we have two doctors: one saying no, one saying yes. They’re going to send me to a third doctor at some point in the near future and that doctor will decide my fate.”
So there you have it. A rumor was started from Scott Keith's "Blog of Doom" and we have nothing to verify Daniel Bryan is returning to WWE tonight at Hell in a Cell. However, we can confirm Bryan's name has come up in WWE circles recently but any notion of a return depends 100 percent on his medical clearance. Bryan stated publicly that clearance would be decided in the near feature in comments at the beginning of October.
I wouldn't go into Hell in a Cell tonight expecting to see Daniel Bryan. On the rare chance he does appear, it would likely mean the third doctor cleared him. Approach this with caution and just consider the situation heading into the pay-per-view.