Daniel Bryan to retire if not cleared by third doctor

No WWE superstar has a tougher couple of years than former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. In mid-2013, he won the championship from John Cena, only to be screwed out of the championship just minutes later by Randy Orton.

Bryan started an unlikely journey to the main event of WrestleMania 30, where he beat Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista all in the same night to win the championship. It was just two months later that Bryan had to relinquish the championship to a neck injury that needed surgery.

Bryan would not return to the ring until the Royal Rumble in January of this year. Bryan then went on to win the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 31 in March.

His nightmare continued to get worse as just a month later, Bryan was forced to give up that title as well. He was dealing with a shoulder nerve issue that stemmed from the previous neck surgery.

According to SEScoops.com, Bryan, who has already gotten opinions from two different doctors, is using the old cliche of “the third time’s the charm.” In a recent interview with IGN, Bryan said that he has gotten conflicting interviews about his clearance with the WWE and that the company is sending him to a third.

“One neurologist who specializes in concussions — who was the neurologist for the Super Bowl last year — cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent,” he said. “But the WWE’s medical doctor [Joe Maroon] is sceptical, because of my history of concussions and that sort of thing. So they will not clear me.”

“They’re going to send me to a third doctor at some point in the near future and that doctor will decide my fate.”

Bryan hasn’t been actively full-time since early 2014. Of course, Bryan brings a whole new dynamic to the ring with the evolution of his “YES Movement” and his sheer athleticism.

Right now, his career is still up in the air, but his involvement with WWE isn’t. Bryan said he would be willing to work as a commentator or trainer if his in-ring career is over.

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