Daniel Bryan was forced to retire from WWE in his prime after a series of concussions made it too dangerous for the world champion to continue wrestling. Since then, Bryan (and his personal doctors) believes his brain has healed enough to return to the ring — but WWE’s medical staff isn’t buying it.
On Tuesday, TheWrap asked Triple H — a part-time WWE Superstar and the full-time executive vice president of Talent — if there is some sort of an exception to be found in the pro-wrestling promotion’s strict policy that might allow Bryan to return to action. After all, if not, it seems likely that the current “SmackDown Live” general manager could (and will) take his wrestling tights to a less risk-averse competitor.
Read Triple H’s full response below.
There can be no exception medically. If the belief is that he’s not healthy enough and there’s a risk [for him] to perform, then I don’t know why you’d allow him to step into the ring unless it can be proven otherwise. There will be no exceptions.
We have some of the best medical people in the world that work for us. Our wellness policy, our concussion programming, our protocols — I’ll put them up there against any on the planet.
That is a new science in a way, too. So we’re gonna look at it from all aspects, but the medical experts will make the determination as to whether he can ever step into that ring or not.
Look, personally for him, I know it would be something he would love to do, and part of me feels like I hope he has that opportunity. But at the same point in time, he’s married and has a child. Certainly, [we put] the human being first.
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