In spite of his emotional farewell on RAW, you cannot help but remember that this is still the wild and crazy world of professional wrestling. It wouldn’t be the first time someone announced an emotional farewell to active wrestling, only to have a change of heart and make a return. The most recent obvious example is Shawn Michaels, though it seems that both Ric Flair and Terry Funk have done this. A lot.
It’s actually the example of Michaels that made me consider this at all. Michaels was forced out due to ¬†back injuries, but as they say, time heals all wounds. His extended time away was a big boost, and he was eventually able to return and enjoy a very successful second run with WWE. Could Daniel Bryan be in a similar boat? Could he take several years off, only to decide he’s better and he wants to make a return? Sure he could.
But I doubt he will.
And why do I doubt that? Simple. As much as we can draw parallels between his career and that of his mentor, there is one significant difference. Daniel Bryan is not retiring due to a back issue. Daniel Bryan is retiring due to his concussions. A back injury can be surgically repaired, and recover with rest and rehab. A concussion has no surgical options. While time can help the symptoms fade away, and those sustaining one can eventually be given a clean bill of health again, once you have suffered one, you are a greater risk of suffering more. And once you’ve suffered countless concussions, as Daniel Bryan has, then you are risking your long term health. Daniel Bryan has sustained one of those wounds which time cannot heal.
As much as I would love to see him work one more match, I do believe that, in a wrestling capacity, we will not see Daniel Bryan perform in WWE again.
WNZ readers, do you think we may see a far-off Daniel Bryan comeback? Or do you also feel like his goodbye is the last we see of him?