According to a May 12 report from Wrestling News Source, WWE superstar Daniel Bryan announced on WWE Monday Night Raw that he is set to undergo a minimally-invasive neck procedure that will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. Bryan, 32, admitted to the crowd that he isn't quite sure when he'll return to action.
Bryan said there's a chance his career might be over. In all likelihood, Bryan will only miss a few weeks of WWE house shows, and he should be cleared to return for next month's Payback special event. If he's not ready in time for Payback, he should be back for the Money in the Bank show later this summer. Bryan's injury is proof that pro wrestling is legitimately dangerous.
Bryan takes a beating more than most other superstars, and the WWE hates having him sidelined. Since he's one of their biggest stars, its best for business to keep Bryan out there. Bryan appears at almost every televised and non-televised WWE event. It was announced on the WWE Network's Monday Night RAW pre-show before their taping in Greenville, S.C., that Bryan would address the crowd regarding his injury.
True to their word, Bryan walked out and addressed WWE Universe. He assured the crowd that he would be back in action when he's at full health. The WWE did not say when or how Bryan's injury occurred. One interesting thing that did happen was that WWE analyst JBL chimed in right after Bryan's announcement, with a comment that he had a similar injury which forced him into retirement.
Bryan was expected to battle Kane at WWE Payback next month, but that fight is now in jeopardy. Bryan might be off that card altogether, and Kane may be searching for a new opponent. Honestly it's probably best that Bryan gets this injury taken care of now, before it gets any worse. Neck injuries are nothing to play around with.
The WWE needs Bryan at full health for several more years to come, so they can't afford to lose him now. Bryan is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Thoughts and prayers go out to Bryan at present time. The hope is that he'll return sooner rather than later, but he won't be rushed back into action.