After two years of a forced retirement due to lingering concussion issues, Daniel Bryan, following extensive treatment, was finally cleared by doctors to return to in-ring action. There was a time it was believed this would never happen, and it’s a truly remarkable story.
Naturally, some fans took that to me others who were forced to retire before their time was up could get also get cleared to return. One of them, Edge, wants you to stop asking him about it because he has a definitive answer to your question.
From the latest episode of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness:
“I got inundated, man. I got the ‘well, he’s back, so you can come back, right?’ I was like ‘oh my god, we’re going to go into this again.’ ... I will once again and for the last time say this: I greatly appreciate that people would like to see me have one more match, or come back, or Daniel Bryan got cleared so why can’t you. I will never be cleared.
”Mine is a completely different injury. He had neck issues but it wasn’t his neck issues that retired him initially, it was the concussion issues. I never had concussion issues. What I have is cervical spinal stenosis. Look it up. I have stupid neck, just look it up. You can look up ‘stupid neck’ and it will probably be a picture of my neck. Just do me a favor, look it up, and you then you will realize that the WWE will never medically clear me to compete again. And I appreciate it but that’s all there is to that.”
Stupid neck indeed.