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Daniel Bryan on being cleared: ‘If you fight for your dreams – your dreams will fight for you’



It’s been just over two years since that emotional night when Daniel Bryan announced the news of his retirement in front of his home crowd in Seattle. Tonight, it was a different kind of emotional in Dallas, where Bryan would officially announce that he has been cleared for in-ring competition.

The SmackDown Live General Manager kicked off tonight’s episode to talk about his time away from wrestling and his road back.

Bryan would being by thanking the crowd for basically blowing the roof off the building to welcome him down to the ring. He would then tease addressing Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s beat down of Shane McMahon last week on SmackDown but since neither of the culprits were in the building, he’d have to save that for later.

“A little over two years ago when I was forced to retire, it was one of the hardest days of my life — but I focused on one thing — on being grateful,” Bryan told the crowd inside of the American Airlines Center.

Bryan said that there were times when he was both depressed and angry but he continued to focus on being grateful. “I have an amazing family, I have amazing friends, I have the best fans in the world. And I have an amazing, beautiful wife,” Bryan continued as he teared up. Bryan said that it would be his wife, Brie Bella, that would encourage him to start seeing specialists when she saw that all he wanted to do was get back into the ring. The crowd would then start chanting “Thank You Brie!” as Bryan continued.

“You need to fight for your dreams, that’s what Daniel Bryan does is he fights for his dreams,” Brie told Daniel. “When I got depressed — I wasn’t just grateful — I decided to fight. Fight for your dreams. And if you fight for your dreams — your dreams will fight for you,” Bryan explained. “Because every hard thing seems impossible until it becomes real.”

Upon asking WWE to take another look at his case, they would send him to some of the best neurologists all over the country. Every single doctor would say the same thing to him — you are cleared.

Bryan then went on to thanks those doctors and the WWE for looking at him as a person and not a wrestler. He thanked the fans and his wife as he became choked up again. Then he got to the “fun stuff” saying that he didn’t exactly when or where he would get back into the ring. The fans urged him on as they chanted “WrestleMania” while he stared at the sign far above the ring for more than a moment. He wouldn’t commit, but he didn’t say no either.

Welcome back, Daniel. Thanks for continuing to be yourself as you inspire us all to fight for our own dreams and you fight for yours. Keep up the good fight and fight to win, always.

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.