Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. Fight Sports

Daniel Bryan to return at WWE Monday Night Raw in Knoxville

See also

According to a May 21 report from Cageside Seats, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan returns to action next week at WWE Monday Night Raw in Knoxville, less than a month after undergoing neck surgery. Bryan, 32, has been sidelined for several weeks due to a lingering neck injury, but he had surgery to correct the issue and it apparently went well enough for him to return to action this week.

Bryan was scheduled to miss up to two months of WWE house shows and special events while recovering from surgery. However, his neck surgery was a complete success, and he may now be able to compete inside the ring as soon as next month's WWE Payback special event. It's not clear at present time if Bryan will actually be battling in a match at WWE Monday Night Raw in Knoxville, or if he'll be making a quick cameo on the mic.

There's a chance the WWE simply scripts him to make a cameo and put in some work that isn't too physically demanding. The last thing they want is to push him back too soon and have him get injured again. Even if Bryan makes a quick cameo, that should be good enough for the WWE to leave him as champion. Since Bryan was expected to be out for two months, the rumor was that Stephanie McMahon and the WWE brass would be stripping him of his world championship belt.

The WWE needs a champion that is active, so having Bryan out for two months wouldn't have been good for business. There was some speculation that the WWE would be awarding the heavyweight championship belt to Kane or Triple H, but McMahon held off on that.

She appeared on last week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw to announce that Bryan would be forced to appear in Knoxville to give up the belt while he recovers. So now WWE Universe knows that Bryan will, in fact, be appearing in Knoxville. However, it's unclear if he'll give up the belt or how the WWE plans to use him at the event.

Bryan is one of the WWE's biggest stars, so even if he is stripped of the title, he should be right back in the mix to earn the belt just as soon as he's ready to compete. The "Yes! Movement" is stronger than ever, and Bryan is an incredibly marketable star. Time will tell how the WWE decides to play it.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Ted Nugent
    Ted Nugent concert at Native American casino canceled because of obvious reasons
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    Pat Bowlen steps down as Broncos owner following Alzheimer's diagnosis
    Video
    NFL Buzz
  • Tina Fey
    See why Tina Fey is possibly the most popular woman in comedy at the moment
    Today's Buzz
  • Mick Jagger
    Mick Jagger promotes 'Get On Up' in New York, including Apollo Theater premiere
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Boyhood
    The new film 'Boyhood' chronicles twelve years of one boy's life
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Buffy
    We're counting down ten of the finest episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
    Camera
    7 Photos

Related Videos:

  • WWE considering suing CM Punk for breach of contract
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518328044" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518328044&autoStart=true"></div>
  • WWE Divas superstar Nikki Bella suffered a wardrobe malfunction during Monday Night Raw
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518336842" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518336842&autoStart=true"></div>
  • John Cena is expected to drop the belt to Brock Lesnar at WWE SummerSlam
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517725656" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517725656&autoStart=true"></div>