WWE doctors have given the green light for Daniel Bryan to return to in-ring competition.
As per a WWE.com news bulletin posted today, the SmackDown general manager has been cleared to compete following a "a full review of his medical history", together with "comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE". The decision has also been approved by the company's Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon.
The U-turn comes more than two years after Bryan, following a series of concussions, announced his decision to hang up his boots on the advice of experts. To date, his last official match came in April of 2015, a tag team bout alongside John Cena against the pair of Cesaro and Tyson Kidd.
In the time since, the four-time world champion has remained on television in the role of an on-screen authority figure, but rumours that he was growing fed up of sitting on the sidelines have persisted. With his contract reportedly set to expire later this year, it had been suggested that he could sign for a less strict rival promotion in a bid to get back in the ring.
After this announcement, however, all bets are now off. WWE is even teasing the possibility of Bryan getting back in his wrestling gear as early as WrestleMania, which takes place from New Orleans in under three weeks. Tonight's episode of SmackDown just got a whole lot more interesting.