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Twitter Erupts as Daniel Bryan Is Medically Cleared for WWE Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - Daniel Bryan celebrates after winning the main event during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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With WrestleMania 34 less than three weeks away, WWE fans were given an early present with the news that Daniel Bryan can return to in-ring competition. 

Per the official release from WWE, Bryan was medically cleared by three independent doctors and WWE medical director Dr. Joseph Maroon. 

WWE @WWE

Daniel Bryan = TRENDING WORLDWIDE. #YESYESYES https://t.co/DvMj1Ti6bi

Needless to say, Bryan's return generated a lot of responses on social media from excited fans to his fellow wrestlers:

James @JamesRollsJr

MOOD https://t.co/tgavE9xWwa

Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN

And like that #SDLive has become must see. #Yes #WWE

Rebecca Quin @BeckyLynchWWE

Amazing news. https://t.co/EZKJNR1jfA

RosenbergTelevision @Rosenbergradio

Wow so happy for @WWEDanielBryan ......this is all he has wanted... and now we get something amazing at Wrestlemania :)

Sam Roberts @notsam

Daniel Bryan being cleared by WWE is the biggest wrestling story of the year. This man's career would make a remarkable movie. I may need to turn on the notsam studio. Facebook Live or YouTube???

Seth Rollins @WWERollins

This may be a first in all of professional sports. So stoked for Bryan and for what it could mean for head trauma research and rehabilitation in contact athletics. https://t.co/g3nnD11wVM

The Miz, who was engaged in a verbal feud with Bryan in the summer of 2016, had his own sarcastic take on the return of his nemesis:

The Miz @mikethemiz

Oh look @WWEDanielBryan is cleared. Yay. https://t.co/jBNPyqLykd

This also opens up speculation about what Bryan's potential role at WrestleMania will be. The logical scenario will be a tag match with him and Shane McMahon against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. 

Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin pondered about a possible scenario involving Shinsuke Nakamura given the recent injury news about A.J. Styles:

Ryan Satin @ryansatin

I wonder if AJ is legit injured and they're gonna go with Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania as the backup plan.

Mike Johnson of PW Insider reported Styles is dealing with an unspecified injury. The WWE champion's status for WrestleMania is unknown at this point. This year's event is taking place in New Orleans, where Bryan won the WWE world heavyweight title in a triple-threat match against Randy Orton and Batista four years ago. 

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Nakamura didn't exactly do anything to silence any speculation about a potential match with Bryan:

Shinsuke Nakamura @ShinsukeN

This is great news. No one needs to wish anymore. They can see it with their eyes. #NakamuravsBryan

B/R's Ryan Dilbert is just excited to see one of the great wrestlers of his generation able to do what he did best:

Ryan Dilbert @ryandilbert

Daniel Bryan gets to do what he so dearly loves again. We get to see the master at work once more. What great news.

Aaron Oster of The Team 980 did note his concern for Bryan's health while admitting there will be a special feeling when the four-time WWE champion makes his entrance at WrestleMania two years after retiring:

Aaron Oster @TheAOster

I cannot tell you how excited I am right now. At the same time, I'm going to be so scared every time he takes a bump. But when he comes out at Mania...man, goosebumps.

Speaking of Bryan's retirement, Satin used an image from the Raw two years ago when he was forced to walk away to capture this new, happier moment in time:

Ryan Satin @ryansatin

all of us learning daniel bryan has been cleared https://t.co/r4EF1egexA

Bryan's career seemed to end at the age of 34. He gave one of the most powerful speeches in WWE history on February 8, 2016, with genuine love, emotion and heart because his health made it impossible for him to do what he had been doing for the past 17 years.

Even at an age when it seemed like Bryan could return, no one ever had any idea if the leader of the "Yes!" Movement was going to make it back to the squared circle. 

Two years of hard work paid off in the best possible way for Bryan, who has been given another chance to entertain WWE fans like only he was capable of. 

With WWE clearing Bryan, Tuesday's episode of SmackDown Live will likely provide the next piece of the puzzle for what to expect heading into the biggest show of the year on April 8.

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