In a rapidly developing news story, Daniel Bryan was reported to be "not doing well" and had been working "hurt" during WWE's European tour by Dave Meltzer on his Wrestling Observer Radio show on Tuesday morning, which explained why Bryan had been protected by working six-man tag team matches throughout the tour.
Later that night, Daniel Bryan teamed up with John Cena to defeat The Brass Ring Club at the Smackdown tapings in London, England. The match aired tonight in the U.S. and was conspicuous by Bryan working as safely as he possibly could, taking no bumps to the back or head.
On Wednesday, Daniel Bryan was pulled from the remainder of the UK tour as a precautionary measure. It was unknown what exactly was wrong with Bryan, but the initial speculation was that his past elbow/neck problems had flared up again.
That well-informed conjecture seems to have been incorrect, as Bryan Alvarez reported on Wrestling Observer Live today that Daniel Bryan had suffered a concussion on the March 31st Smackdown tapings in a match with Sheamus and that this head injury was what ultimately led to him being pulled from WWE's European tour mid-week:
"The big news today is what's going on with Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan has been removed from the WWE European tour, which, of course, has a lot of people concerned [about] what's going on with him, is it his neck, is it his elbow. I've been told that the situation with Daniel Bryan is that he suffered a concussion. I don't know what the status of his neck is or his elbow, that may still be a problem, but the big issue on the tour was a concussion that he suffered and it was in fact, for those of you who saw the Smackdown show where Sheamus came out and gave him a beating, we actually talked about this on the program, there had been some heat on Sheamus for, I don't know if being careless is the best word, but he did give Daniel Bryan a beating and apparently Daniel Bryan suffered a concussion in that beating, so I guess that's the situation. I presume there has to be a little more to the story because if Daniel Bryan got a concussion he shouldn't have being doing anything on the shows and they did put him in some tag team matches, some six-man matches, he was in the ring, so I don't know if he maybe got cleared, maybe after suffering the concussion they cleared him, but he was still suffering symptoms. I don't know exactly what the story was, but all of the issues did stem from that situation there with Sheamus and Sheamus' return so far [has been] one problem after another."
We have sought an official response from WWE PR representatives on this allegation, but as of the time of posting this article they had yet to get back to me. We will update this story with their response if they choose to clarify these claims.