Former WWE staffer and current ESPN broadcaster Jonathan Coachman interviewed Daniel Bryan, real name Bryan Danielson, and discussed his retirement from WWE in-ring competition. This is Daniel Bryan’s first media interview after his formal farewell to end Raw this week.
During the interview, Bryan elaborated on his rationale from Monday Night Raw by revealing the results of that recent medical examination that halted his Herculean efforts to return to the ring:
[Daniel] Bryan says he went to New York for some EEG tests, and this one measured electrical brain activity while doing reflex testing. Bryan says it’s a newer form of the test, but he wanted evidence to support his petition to come back to wrestling. Bryan says his other EEG and MRI test were great, but this one showed he had some slowing, and evidence of “a small or subacute or chronic lensions” in the area of his brain that causes seizures. Bryan says he has had post-concussion seizures that he hid and it was unknown why, but now they found out something to link the symptoms. Bryan says he’s learned that you need to report concussions, and you need to heal your brain before returning to a contact sport like wrestling or football. He says it’s about the responsibility you have to yourself and your family.
So, the newest medical test available revealed troubling news that the old guard tests didn’t catch; those older tests led other doctors to clear Daniel Bryan to wrestle, but not the WWE doctor. Good thing too, for Daniel Bryan’s health.
Daniel Bryan’s new role with WWE has yet to be revealed, but he has a number of years left on his WWE contract and his wife Brie Bella, of the Bella Twins, remains under WWE contract as well.
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