It’s being reported that Daniel Bryan has suffered yet another setback in his return to the ring, and that it would cost him at least an additional three months of recovery time — per David Shoemaker, author of The Squared Circle: Life, Death and Professional Wrestling.
Shoemaker is reporting that Bryan is in need of Tommy John Surgery — a surgery often associated with baseball pitchers — causing his unavailability to be extended quite drastically. His current injuries started out as bone spurs and other issues with his neck/spine that needed surgery, then moved on to problems regaining strength in one of his shoulders, also requiring surgery. The timeline of when his neck surgery was announced seemed to place him back just before SummerSlam, but once the setbacks started to mount, it became apparent that not even he knew when, or even if, he could return.
With this latest injury update, it’s beginning to sound like there’s no chance he will come back this year, meaning the Royal Rumble would be the earliest we could see the leader of the Yes! Movement make his triumphant return. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if he didn’t come back until just before WrestleMania 31, in order to set up a match for the WWE‘s biggest event of the year; that is, if he comes back at all.
At this point, I feel like WrestleMania XXX was the last major moment we’re ever going to see from Bryan. It’s a shame too, because he had arguably the biggest WrestleMania moment in more than a decade, only to be saddled with injuries and tragedy — he also lost his father shortly after ‘Mania.
The entire WWE Universe is pulling for a speedy recovery and another glorious main event run for Bryan; I just don’t think we’ll ever get to see it happen.