According to an Aug. 4 report from SportsWorldNews.com, former WWE heavyweight champ, Daniel Bryan, is expected to make his grand return to the ring at next year's Royal Rumble. The 2015 edition of the Royal Rumble is targeted for January, at a venue that has yet to be disclosed to the public. Bryan, 33, hasn't made any official comment on the speculation that he might be returning at the event. Neither has the WWE.
Bryan's most recent comments had more to do with his neck injury and progress on his recovery. What he had to say was a bit gloomy, as he revealed that he might need a second neck surgery due to compression of the ulnar nerve in two spots. During Bryan's first neck surgery, doctors removed bone spurs from his spinal cord. The initial surgery on Bryan's neck was successful, but he was left with some lingering side effects.
It wasn't until the surgery was done that doctors realized Bryan had what is known as a double crush, which means compression that extends all the way down to the elbow. Bryan said that even after surgery, he only had half as much strength in his right arm as his left. The hope is that after his second neck surgery, Bryan will be cleared to resume pro wrestling activities.
Royal Rumble 2015 makes sense for his return, as he missed last year's 30-man battle royal. When Rey Mysterio came out as the final contestant, fans on hand for the event were booing loudly. WWE Universe wanted to see Bryan as the final entrant in the 2014 Royal Rumble. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be.
Bryan, who was stripped of his WWE title after the injury, hasn't competed at a WWE house show since May, so it will have been almost a full year with him gone by the time he returns at Royal Rumble. If Bryan does emerge at Royal Rumble after such a long absence, fans will be absolutely bonkers. It will be a must-watch event, and would be a fantastic way to kick off the new year. When Bryan does return to action, the expectation is that he'll tone down his high-flying style to prevent future injuries.