Daniel Bryan was recently filmed backstage after Smackdown where he revealed that he was only just cleared on Monday:
"If you have this dream that you have, you fight for it and you keep fighting for it and you keep fighting for it, and then it may never come true, it might not, but it's never the end game, it's not the destination, it's the journey. It's interesting because I thought about this moment so much in the past 6 months or whatever, OK. 'Imagine what would happen if you actually did get cleared?', and it still seemed kind of like an impossibility. Now that it's here it still seems kind of unreal and I still feel kind of unprepared for it. It's hard because legitimately I just got cleared last night," Bryan revealed. "So there's still this wave of emotions and it's hard for me when I'm thinking and writing what I would like to say, that it's hard for me not to cry."
Bryan also got emotional when discussing his wife:
"This is one of the reasons why I keep crying as I'm trying to write this, because of Brie. As a wife of somebody who, she's worried about... she's the person who is most concerned about me as a person, more than anybody else on this planet. To have her support and not just her support but to have her actively encourage me," Bryan said. "There were times when I'm like, 'They're never going to clear me, it's just not going to happen,' and she's like, 'You can't have that negative mindset. It always seems like it's never going to happen until it happens.' She's always said to me on multiple times, 'If it were easy for you, you wouldn't be Daniel Bryan. If it was just like, 'Oh, you walk into WWE and you're a good wrestler, here's a shot.' It's not the destination, it's the journey and I've found in my life the joy is in this journey. Getting to here, getting cleared is like in some way an end but it's not the end to the journey, it's a continuation of the journey and what goes from here," Bryan continued. "Then you keep going along this journey and fighting for things that you believe in and fighting for things that you love and all that kind of stuff. So that's something I want to be an example of to my daughter."