IGN.com published new highlights from an interview they conducted last week with Daniel Bryan to promote the upcoming release of WWE 2K16. In it, he provided the latest update on his health. For those that do not know the story, Bryan suffered a concussion last April after returning from a serious neck injury that took him out for the majority of 2014. IGN asked when he would be able to return:
“So, we don't know," Bryan admitted. "I had a concussion in April, and obviously they're very hyper-sensitive about concussion stuff right now.”
One independent neurologist has cleared Bryan to compete, something we’ve highlighted on a number of occasions.
"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.”
His future to be determined by another doctor:
"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.”
Would he be willing to return to the indies if he can’t wrestle in WWE?
"John Cena and I actually had this discussion. He said, 'if something were to happen to you and the WWE, would you go back to doing the indies?' Absolutely!”
Daniel Bryan stated Mexico is a place where he would like to wrestle but admitted continuing to wrestle might not be the best idea.
"The WWE doctor Joe Maroon [is] amazing and highly respected in the concussion field, and if they send me to a third neurologist who's also highly respected in the concussion field and they say literally no...well, then is it really smart to go against two doctors? I get all fired up...and then I'm like, maybe that's not the best thing for me and my family going forward.”
If Bryan would be interested in a non-wrestling role:
"I think I would really enjoy be a commentator," he told IGN. "One of the hard things for me though would be being around it without actually doing it. I mean, I would be under contract still, so it would be one of those things where I would do whatever they tell me; I'm a good employee! But it's one of those things where it's hard for me...the idea of being around it and seeing people do it and not being able to do it.”
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