The news of Daniel Bryan needing neck surgery shocked the WWE Universe. Anytime you hear the words neck and surgery connected to a top star, it immediately sends up red flags. Fans are reminded of stars like Steve Austin and Edge who were forced to retire because of neck problems. No one wants to see that happen to Bryan.
But after his operation on Thursday, it appears all is well so far:
— WWE (@WWE) May 15, 2014
Here are the official details from WWE.com:
“After being diagnosed with the nerve issue in his neck by WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann, Bryan underwent a procedure known as a cervical foraminotomy to decompress the nerve root. The surgery was performed by world-renowned neurosurgeon and sports medicine expert Dr. Joseph Maroon. WWE.com was not able to get an official timetable for Daniel Bryan’s return, but can confirm that the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is out of surgery and doing well, with strength already returning to his hands.”
It’s being rumored that WWE hasn’t yet made a decision on whether to strip him of the title, but this news of a successful operation leads you to believe he will not be stripped. If we were talking about fusion surgery or something more serious, then there would be a completely different conversation going on right now. But given that it’s a nerve issue, we could see him back before too long.
However, we all know about nerves in the neck thanks to Peyton Manning. He’ll be the first one to tell you that the road to recovery after neck surgery is not an easy one.