In what has to be seen as bad news for Daniel Bryan and the WWE, the WWE World Heavyweight Champions recovery is not going as well as hoped. Bryan had neck surgery and the WWE hopes to have him back by the “WWE Money in the Bank” pay-per-view at the end of the month. However, PWS reported on Thursday that his strength is actually getting weaker right now, following the surgery.
The estimated recovery time for an injury like Bryan’s is around three months. With his athletic conditioning, the WWE hoped for a quicker recovery time. The problem comes in the strength of Bryan’s right arm, which is getting weaker instead of stronger during his recovery process. There is a chance that Bryan could wrestle in the stretcher match, even if he is not at 100 percent, but that could be very dangerous for his long term health.
The WWE has prepared for this with an announcement they made on “WWE Monday Night Raw” this week. Stephanie McMahon came to the ring and announced that Bryan would have to defend his title against Kane in a stretcher match at “WWE Money in the Bank.” She then added that if Bryan was not medically cleared by that time, he would forfeit the WWE title and the winner of the actual Money in the Bank ladder match would win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The only person announced for that match so far is Alberto Del Rio, who beat Dolph Ziggler for the first spot on “WWE Monday Night Raw.” With this being a big ladder match, there is a good chance that a wrestler like Kofi Kingston will be involved, but with the possibility of the title on the line, expect the group to be an all-star unit. Possibilities could include The Big Show, possibly a member of The Shield, John Cena and Bray Wyatt.
However, the biggest news is that Cesaro has been ear-marked to win the “WWE Money in the Bank” match. However, if the title is on the line, plans might change. The original plans heading into the summer was for Daniel Bryan to carry the WWE World Heavyweight Championship into “WWE Summerslam” where he would have to defend it against Brock Lesnar. Then, Lesnar would win the title only for Cesaro to cash in his briefcase and win his first world title.
Those plans might change if Cesaro wins the title at “WWE Money in the Bank.” If Daniel Bryan is unable to return in time for the pay-per-view thanks to his injury, the WWE will have to implement a Plan-B. In that situation, they will have to figure out who will carry the strap into “Summerslam” two months later.