On February 8, 2016, Daniel Bryan was forced to retire from WWE.
At the time, it looked like the former five-time world champion had suffered too many concussions and was due to retire in his prime.
Bryan would return a little over two years later and resumed his career in the ring. Now he’s been born again as Bryan Danielson in AEW and appears at the peak of his powers at 40.
In an interview with wdel.com, Danielson explained how his retirement came about and WWE’s position on it.
“I legitimately thought I was healthy and still think I am healthy,” Danielson said. “One of the reasons I was forced to retire was not because of the concussions, but because I had lied about it.
“You have to understand, from a WWE point of view, I had been fighting for them for six years, but all of a sudden they opened up this Pandora’s Box about” lying about her medical history and now we can’t to trust him “.
“Much of it restored confidence, but they were also legitimately looking after my health. I would go see doctor after doctor and do whatever I could to improve brain function to show, beyond that, that my brain was healthy.
“It’s also my love of wrestling. I felt like I wasn’t ready to finish yet, I still needed to come back.
“I also think there is a lot to be done on concussion research, and when you see the best doctors in the country and they all let you do what you love to do, I think you should be able. to do. this.”
Bryan has proven it since joining AEW after their All Out pay-per-view last month.
He immediately targeted Kenny Omega and is now trying to fight his way through The Elite to get another hit, but now we know Hangman Adam Page is next on the list for Omega after winning the Casino Ladder Match in the week. last on the occasion of the second anniversary. by Dynamite.
Danielson has previously said how hard he struggles to leave WWE and the special relationship he has with WWE President Vince McMahon, he believed he would be more fulfilled wrestling in AEW.