In a sign that WWE is going to push him, Wade Barrett was given the King of the Ring victory over Adrian Neville tonight. Plans must have been changed backstage recently because he was initially booked to put over Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules a week ago. The absence of Bryan itself may have led to the change in decisions. The front office also did a good job of protecting Neville in the match by making it seem like he had a rib injury.
April 28, 2015
While fans waited until the day of the pay per view to find out, WWE had actually made the decision to remove Daniel Bryan from Extreme Rules on Friday. The belief is that management opted against revealing that immediately because they wanted interest on the show to remain as high as possible. Many were looking forward to seeing Bryan work the event because that would mean that his injury was not as severe as initially believed.
April 28, 2015
Earlier in the week, it was reported that Daniel Bryan had actually suffered a concussion. That is in addition to his neck not holding up properly. WWE, however, is denying the rumors. They stated that the former world heavyweight champion did not suffer a concussion. They are not denying that some sort of injury was suffered, though. The company simply is opting to keep that a secret, in the hopes that they can downplay the seriousness of it all.
April 19, 2015
Reports have now surfaced that Daniel Bryan was sent home because he suffered a concussion while working a match against Sheamus on an episode of Smackdown during the tour of Europe. WWE officials were not completely aware of the injury, so they allowed him to keep working shows. Upon finding out, they decided to send him back to the United States early, which is a good thing because his neck has not been at 100% yet.
April 18, 2015
Around this time of year, upper level performers start being paired with one another for Wrestlemania. While plans change on a daily basis, management currently has Sheamus, who is expected to make his return to television from an injury any moment now, and Daniel Bryan penciled in for a rematch at the biggest pay per view of the year. The former would have to make a heel turn in order for the feud to work out properly.
January 27, 2015
During recent interviews to promote his return to WWE from a serious neck injury, Daniel Bryan has been openly discussing the dream match that he hopes will take place at Wrestlemania. The former world heavyweight champion stated that he would love to work a match against Brock Lesnar. He also stated that his desire is to win the Royal Rumble and challenge for the heavyweight championship at the biggest wrestling pay per view of the year.
January 8, 2015
Now that he has decided to make a return to the company, there are those backstage who are pushing for Daniel Bryan to win the Royal Rumble and be in the headline match at Wrestlemania. However, there are also detractors of the idea, who believe that Bryan might be too much of an injury risk in such a high profile position. Some would much prefer to see how his body holds up after a couple of months of being on the road again.
January 6, 2015