Newsday’s Josh Stewart has a new article online featuring quotes from Daniel Bryan to promote this week’s episode of WWE Smackdown.
In it, Bryan revealed there was a point several months ago when he thought the neck surgery that put him on the shelf since last May might end his career.
“There was a point several months ago where it almost seemed like I wouldn’t be able to come back,” Bryan told Newsday.
Bryan used the term “depression” to describe his feelings but hesitated, understanding that’s a clinical diagnosis (Bryan’s mother is a therapist).
Bryan goes to the same naturopath that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer sees and they mentioned Muscle Activation Techniques, a company in Denver that Palmer was using to treat an early-season shoulder injury.
Daniel Bryan said he didn’t ask for permission [from WWE] and paid his own way to Denver to try the treatment. He said the results were “borderline miraculous” and he told WWE in early December he felt it was time for him to return. The company signed off after he passed a “litany of tests.”
Bryan said the second surgery doctors wanted to perform was a “Hail Mary surgery” and they didn’t know if he needed it or not but nothing else seemed to be working. Obviously, he never underwent a second surgery.
He also told the story about forcing himself into the Wrestlemania 30 event last year. You can read the piece in its entirety at this link.