Daniel Bryan has been officially cleared for in-ring competition by WWE, which begs the question of whether or not he’ll compete at WrestleMania 34.
The way that Daniel Bryan was forced to walk away from professional wrestling was gut-wrenching for both he and the fans. Yes, he came back as the on-screen general manager of SmackDown Live, but to see one of the greatest in-ring performers ever have to hang up the boots due to issues with concussions was heartbreaking. But fans may not have to wait much longer to see him in action again.
After rumblings and hints that Bryan could be cleared to compete in a WWE ring once again circled for many months, it’s finally happened. On Tuesday, he was formally cleared by the company to wrestle once again. If and when he does return, it’ll be the first time he’s competed in a WWE ring since Feb. 2016.
The timing of this announcement seems quite fortuitous as well. After all, WrestleMania 34 is just under three weeks away now. And Bryan has been heavily involved in storylines involving Shane McMahon, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Thus, you have to wonder if he’ll be competing at WrestleMania 34.
It would make sense for a number of reasons if that were to be the case. Obviously it would be a great payoff to have something like a tag team match with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon facing off against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. That seems natural.
More than that, however, let’s not forget that WrestleMania 34 will be held in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. And the last time Mania was in that building happened to be the pinnacle of Bryan’s career as he overcame all of the odds to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after defeating Triple H earlier in the night. So to come full-circle and have him return in that building would be quite the moment.
At this point, however, it’s all speculation. Maybe SmackDown Live on Tuesday night will give us a better indication. However, the pathway to make a WrestleMania 34 match for Daniel Bryan is certainly there. All that needs to happen is for WWE to pull the trigger on booking it.