Daniel Bryan was interviewed by The National in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as part of his visit the Special Olympics IX Mena Games at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibit Centre.
Bryan commented on speculation that he could be added to WrestleMania as part of the Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn feud. Bryan said, “I don’t know and I don’t think they know. I think it all depends on whether or not I get cleared. As of this moment, as of today, I am not cleared by WWE.”
He continued, “I have done everything in my power. Everything they have asked me to and I have gone above and beyond as far as ‘Ok, what doctors do you need me to see. Send me to any doctor you want, any doctor that you want and lets get their feedback on what is going on with me’. So far every doctor has cleared me that they have sent me too and so there is a chance.”
Bryan indicated that the chances for a WWE in-ring return have gone up slightly. He said, “I used to think that the percentage of the WWE ever clearing me was low. I think with the stuff that I have done it has gone a little higher but I don’t know how much higher. With how everything is there is one day to go if I don’t get cleared [storyline wise] and then there is another way to go if I am cleared. I am hoping to be cleared but I don’t know which way it goes.”
Bryan is someone that shoots straight during interviews so you can take his word that he is not currently cleared. There is still plenty of time for WWE doctor Joseph Maroon to change his mind but, for now, he is not booked for Mania as a wrestler.
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