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Shinsuke Nakamura Hints at Daniel Bryan Match After WWE Clears SmackDown GM

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan celebrates becoming the new Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium. on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA. WrestleMania broke the Levi’s Stadium attendance record at 76,976 fans from all 50 states and 40 countries. (Don Feria/AP Images for WWE)
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With SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan cleared to return to the ring, Shinsuke Nakamura is already pushing for an opportunity to challenge the leader of the "Yes!" Movement. 

Nakamura alluded to the matchup Tuesday on Twitter:

Shinsuke Nakamura @ShinsukeN

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

That came after WWE announced Bryan received a clean bill of health from medical experts, which allows him to wrestle again.

Bryan had announced in February 2016 he had been dealing with issues tied to the numerous concussions he suffered in the ring and that doctors advised him to retire.

Despite that, Bryan worked toward a possible comeback. Now that he's medically cleared, Nakamura vs. Bryan would unquestionably be a dream match. Not only have the two never wrestled one another in WWE, but they've also never had a singles match outside of the company.

According to the Internet Wrestling Database, Bryan and Nakamura were on opposite sides in a trio of tag team matches for New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2004, and that's the extent of their history.

It could be some time, though, before Nakamura vs. Bryan comes to fruition.

Nakamura is wrestling AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34 on April 8. Should Nakamura prevail, then Bryan probably isn't going to be the first guy to get a crack at the new champion.

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Then, one has to consider that WWE would almost certainly want to save Nakamura vs. Bryan for one of its traditional "Big Four" pay-per-views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. Even if the match is fast-tracked for SummerSlam, that wouldn't be until August.

Granted, the mere fact that Nakamura vs. Bryan is a real possibility is enough of a reason for excitement, even if fans have to wait months of years for it to actually happen.

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