Daniel Bryan has yet to return to the squared circle, but the injuries continue to pile up.
According to Grantland's David Shoemaker, Bryan, who has been sidelined since May after undergoing neck surgery, is reportedly set to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery on his elbow:
I'm hearing Daniel Bryan needs Tommy John surgery and will be out at least 3 more months.— David Shoemaker (@AKATheMaskedMan) August 20, 2014
This isn't completely out of the blue. In early August, Bryan revealed that his original neck surgery had resulted in a nerve issue in his elbow that would have to be fixed with surgery:
Still, Tommy John surgery, which is typically reserved for pitchers in baseball, wasn't expected, and it's undoubtedly disappointing to see the former WWE champ's timetable pushed back.
Shoemaker did add the silver lining, however:
I'm assuming it's a quicker recovery than usual because he's not slinging fastballs for a living.— David Shoemaker (@AKATheMaskedMan) August 20, 2014
Nothing is certain at this point, but an early 2015 return is starting to look more likely for the bearded superstar. Royal Rumble, which typically takes place in late January, seems to be a feasible target.
Bryan left while on top of the wrestling world. He was the most over star in the business, he consistently put together thrilling matches, and the company was using him in the right storylines.
Hopefully when he returns, he'll be at full strength and ready to be used in the same capacity.