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Daniel Bryan will be out longer than originally expected

Reports from Bleacher Report are indicating that former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan, may be out longer than expected due to a shoulder injury. Bryan was recently diagnosed with a serious neck injury that sidelined him and cost him the WWE title that he was chasing for some time. Unfortunately, Bryan made the announcement that his additional injuries would require more time off to heal.

Pro wrestling and MMA journalist, Dave Meltzer had this to say about the injury on his website:

The update on Bryan is that he may now also require shoulder surgery, as a full exam has revealed a lot of different shoulder and neck issues. At this point, because of uncertainty as to whether he’ll need surgery and what surgery it could be, he’s out of plans and there is no estimate on when he’ll return.

This is a huge blow not only for Bryan, but also for the WWE as they had finally given Bryan the title this year at WrestleMania. The injury sidelines him for an indefinite period of time, and some may question if the injuries are serious enough to consider possible retirement. While that may be too early to tell, the fact is WWE has had to scramble to find a viable replacement for the sidelined former champion.

In recent weeks it looks as if WWE has been upping the ante by pushing Roman Reigns to take that spot. In addition, WWE has had some big names return in recent weeks including Chris Jericho, A.J. Lee, and The Miz in an effort to bolster the star power of the roster.

As of now, it has been speculated by observers such as Jim Ross on his 'Ross Report' podcast that WWE may go with former UFC and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar winning the title and holding it until WrestleMania where Reigns will finally win the gold. It seems the most feasible plan at this point.

Sadly, it appears Daniel Bryan is out of the picture for the time being as he heals and rehabs his injuries. Yet, once he makes his eventual return, where will he fit in?

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