Daniel Bryan has been out of action in the WWE since having neck surgery. He was supposed to return around August for the “SummerSlam” pay-per-view, but his arm strength actually grew weaker after his surgery instead of getting stronger. Bryan has been talking about maybe needing another surgery and the news might be grim. According to Deadspin’s David Shoemaker on Wednesday, Bryan might actually need Tommy John surgery, which could mean an extended absence.
Shoemaker said that Bryan might be out at least three more months, but that is not likely if Bryan needs Tommy John surgery. When a baseball pitcher gets Tommy John surgery, they are out just over one year before they can start throwing the ball again. While Bryan doesn’t have to do anything close to throwing a baseball to return, any sudden or jarring movements following Tommy John surgery could cause serious damage.
According to WebMD, Tommy John surgery repairs an injured elbow ligament damage and reconstructs the UCL using a tendon taken from somewhere else on the patient’s body. This injury causes tears in the UCL and can sap the person of their arm strength, which would explain Bryan’s problems lately. The estimated recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 10 to 12 months. A person will wear the brace for up to six weeks and then start rehabbing.
There is a chance that, as long as Bryan is very careful, that he could return around the start of 2015 just in time for the “Royal Rumble.” However, with his original return date tossed out when more problems were found, the WWE is just playing by the idea that Daniel Bryan will be back when he gets back. At the moment, there are no creative plans in place for Daniel Bryan in the WWE until his doctors finally give him a time that he can return to action.