There continues to be a lot of speculation following Daniel Bryanbeing removed from WWE’s overseas tour as as a precautionary measure.
I’m seeing a lot of comments on the website and across social media from readers wondering why Bryan just didn’t have surgery, rather than rush back. As someone that has followed this injury since its inception (it occurred during a match against Randy Orton on the June 17, 2013 episode of WWE Raw), I felt compelled to try and provide some answers.
As stated by Bryan himself, the proposed surgery was a “Hail Mary.” The reason there was so much debate as to whether or not to schedule the surgery is doctors weren’t sure if they performed surgery if his strength would return.
Below is an excerpt from an interview that Bryan did with SFWeekly.com in the days before Wrestlemania 31 that we recapped at this link:
So I started going to see this guy Greg Roskopf in Denver. He founded this thing called Muscle Activation Techniques. Carson Palmer, a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals who was having a horrible shoulder problem, went there and had great success with the treatment. He could barely even pick up a football at the beginning of the season. Then, all of a sudden, after this treatment he’s the starting quarterback.
I was debating having a Hail Mary surgery on my elbow but my naturopath said “Before you schedule your surgery do you want me to see if you can get in with this guy?” I jumped at the chance.
The treatment was two straight hours of relatively painful stuff, but all of a sudden my strength was back. That had happened before, but in the past, when it came back, it only lasted 30 minutes or an hour. When Roskopf worked on me it came back for five days. I’ve only had two treatments and my strength has held up all the way till now. The last time I saw him was in November, so my strength has been holding up for months. And he said if it ever goes down to come see him again.
I can’t describe why it works — I’m not a therapist. But when he started he said, “If I can help you, I’ll let you know.” Then he started working on me and said, “Yes, I can help you.”
In that same interview, Bryan admitted he had a setback after he returned in a match against Luke Harper. He said it was then he felt some stuff going down his arm.
All and all, Bryan didn’t have surgery because they weren’t sure that surgery would fix the problem. When he began seeing Greg Roskopf, he began to regain his strength. It was after that he received his medical clearance from WWE and returned to the ring.