Daniel Bryan hasn't been seen on WWE television since WrestleMania 35, where he surrendered the WWE Championship to Kofi Kingston in what is sure to go down as one of the most cathartic moments in the event's history.
It came on the back of a pulsating, emotional match, the likes of which had characterised Bryan's reign, but that awesome bout may have had terrible consequences. It was reported two weeks ago that Daniel was injured while wrestling Kingston in New Jersey. Six days later, PW Insider's Mike Johnson suggested that WWE were hiding the issue's true severity.
”So you may have heard the report that Daniel Bryan has an injury. He hasn’t been on TV. This situation is intentionally being kept very quiet at a specific person’s request and unfortunately I can’t go into any further detail except to say that he’s injured. It’s not his head. It’s not overly serious, but it is bad enough for him to take some time off.”
As this comes from a single source and Dave Meltzer has already reported that "there's nothing new on Daniel Bryan" in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, a hint of cynicism should be applied. Still, Shepard's words may be heartening listening for Bryan fans.
In addition to the above, PWInsider are today reporting that Bryan wasn't backstage at this week's SmackDown tapings, and there's no word on whether he'll be part of the upcoming European tour, despite being advertised.
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