WWE Superstars are so superhero-like, it's easy to forget that they are human.
Even though it has only been a few weeks since Daniel Bryan underwent neck surgery, the hope was that he'd recover in time for Money in the Bank. That would allow him to close his rivalry with Kane, but more importantly it would allow him to keep the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
There'd be no need to rip that title, which symbolized his long struggle to the top, out of his hands.
Then came Monday's Raw, and Stephanie McMahon clued fans in on WWE's doubts about him being able to recover in time. She announced that Kane would challenge Bryan, but added a contingency plan that would make the vacant title up for grabs in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match if Bryan couldn't make it back.
The reason for adding this Plan B emerged. Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that "WWE received word over the weekend that Bryan may not be cleared in time for the Money in the Bank PPV."
Worse news followed that.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc), "one person close to Bryan said that not only is he not making gains but he's actually losing strength in his arm while doing rehab." That doesn't sound like someone who should be battling anyone, scripted or otherwise, in just a few weeks.
It's getting more clear that WWE can't do a rush-job with Bryan's recovery. Vacating the world title isn't ideal, but it's the only sensible thing to do when considering the long-term future.
It's just going to be less fun without Bryan kicking folks in the chest for longer than we expected.