Daniel Bryan being cleared for an in-ring was a very surprising news for fans and it appears that it was similarly surprising for Bryan himself as well.
Daniel recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast where he revealed the full story of him being cleared among other things.
The company made the announcement of him being cleared on Tuesday, March 20th and according to Bryan he was informed about the decision just the night before:
“They made the announcement on the Tuesday (and) I found out at 9:30 pm Monday Night, the night before, and apparently, it was still kind of being talked about Tuesday Morning as far as whether or not they are actually gonna (clear me).”
Later in the interview, Daniel revealed that he was under the impression that WWE will not clear him and believed that they were sending him to multiple doctors in hopes that someone will say no.
Then one day while he was in Abu Dhabi doing promotional work, he received a call, telling him to meet WWE Medical Director Doctor Joseph Maroon at Pittsburgh the next day.
When he hit Dr. Maroon’s office, he was given the news of his clearance by a note and according to the former SmackDown Live General Manager, it made him cry:
“(I was like) ‘ah ok’ (so I) go to Dallas, go to Pittsburgh, land at 7, go straight to Dr. Maroon’s office (there are) 4 doctors there waiting for me going through all these like tests and scans and talking to me and this kind of stuff and then at 9:30 at night, Dr. Maroon at that point had already left me, left me a sheet of paper and it said ‘it’s been a long time, finally you are cleared’ and I just, I cried.”
The Talk Is Jericho episode featuring Daniel Bryan is a memorable one and if you haven’t listened to it yet, then you should definitely give it a try.
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