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Backstage update on Daniel Bryan being cleared, WrestleMania plans

Daniel Bryan

Former World Champion Daniel Bryan getting cleared for his in-ring return is presumably the biggest wrestling news coming out in the past year or so.

During the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Live, Dave Meltzer talked about this turn of events and revealed that the decision to clear him was made sometime on Monday.

According to him, several figures backstage at Monday Night Raw were aware of Bryan being cleared and the feeling was that the company would make an official announcement regarding it soon which they did.

The current plans for Bryan are for him to team up with SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and face the team of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WrestleMania.

No word yet on if Officials and Bryan have worked on a deal regarding his schedule following his in-ring return but Daniel has said before that he would like to work a lighter schedule once cleared and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the company grants this wish.


  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I wonder if Meltzer even watches the WWE sometimes myself.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I always laugh when I hear of David and Backstage news because he never been backstage in the WWE. Oh the WWE has known for months that Daniel Bryan was returning to the ring for a while. They were just waiting for the right moment.

  • Arnold Jackson

    And everyone knew about the tag team match at Mania as well.

  • Brian

    Well there’s a big surprise. Wonder why they bothered with the firing angle, if they’re going to bring them back in a few weeks for Wrestlemania.

    Wonder if they’ll have a ‘win, and you’re re-hired’ angle for the match?

  • Yep

    Guarantee Vince and the doctors knew he would be cleared weeks ago but just made it know now to prevent the info from leaking out. They may have even kept Bryan in the dark about it.

  • CC

    Ah come on, are we really now reporting Meltzer saying things AFTER its happened?
    Why did he not mention this before it was announced if he knew people backstage knew on Monday?
    Ridiculous.

    Please can you write a report that I knew Owens and Zayn would be storyline fired on Smackdown.