There's some more bad news for Daniel Bryan. Just two weeks after he announced at the Money in the Bank pre-show that his neck injury was more serious than previously thought and may need another surgery, one report claims the former Ring of Honor performer is now struggling with serious shoulder issues too.
Dave Meltzer writes in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the star is now out indefinitely due to neck and shoulder problems and that WWE has no idea when he's returning to the active roster:
The update on Bryan is that he may now also require shoulder surgery, as a full exam has revealed a lot of different shoulder and neck issues. At this point, because of uncertainty as to whether he’ll need surgery and what surgery it could be, he’s out of plans and there is no estimate on when he’ll return. The plan seemed to be the Roman Reigns ascension to being the top guy at WrestleMania 31 whether Bryan was hurt or not, but now the TV is built around Reigns as the major bada**.
This is obviously awful news for Bryan, who spent years working incredibly hard to get over with the fans and reach the pinnacle of WWE.
His emotional and hard-fought title victory at WrestleMania XXX remains one of the most touching and heartwarming moments in wrestling history.
Sadly, it couldn't last, and Bryan was stripped of the title by The Authority when he got hurt a few months later. His terrible and embarrassing post-WrestleMania feud with Kane indicated that the company wasn't sure how to book the new champ anyway.
Does Bryan need to tone down his in-ring style?
But is it truly surprising that he's developing physical problems at such a young age? With his hard-hitting and incredibly brutal in-ring style—he only calmed down slightly after joining WWE from Ring of Honor in 2009—it probably isn't too shocking.
Assuming he does return at some point down the road, toning down his in-ring style should be first on his list of priorities. The fans may not like it, but it's the only way to secure his future in wrestling.