The Canadian wrestler debuted for the WWE back in 1996 and went on to hold the most championships of any wrestler in WWE history with seven reigns as World Heavyweight Champion, four reigns as WWE Champion, five Intercontinental Championship runs, 14 tag team championship reigns, a King of the Ring tournament win, a Royal Rumble win and the first-ever victor of the Money in the Bank contract. He has since become the general manager of "Smackdown Live".
While Daniel Bryan & Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer mentioned that Bryan was cleared on Monday to return to action, Mike Johnson of PWInsider and Brad Shepard of BodySlam.net are saying differently. After sustaining multiple concussions, which led to seizures, Bryan was forced to retire in early 2016. "[Danielson] underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE". That always left a sliver of hope in Bryan fans that he would one day return; and all of a sudden on Tuesday, March 21, those dreams came true.
Cantu consults with teams in the NFL, NBA and National Hockey League. He also has his own concussion treatment center at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. He visited several doctors across the country to be evaluated for a possible return. Shortly after this Bryan made a decision to call it a career inside the ring and was moved to a non-physical role on WWE TV.
I determined that Bryan is now asymptomatic, has a normal detailed neurological and cognitive neuropsychological examination, normal EEG, and an MRI that showed no definite evidence of a prior brain injury. Currently, the most definitive diagnosis of CTE is during an autopsy of the brain after death. But symptoms can be found in the living, including depression, aggressive behavior and dementia. He was one of three neurological experts who diagnosed what is believed to be the first case of CTE in pro wrestling with Chris Benoit.