Former SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast and revealed the story of how he got cleared for an in-ring return.
According to Bryan, he was under the impression that WWE will not clear him and the company was sending him to multiple doctors in hope that someone will say no.
Then one day while he was in Abu Dhabi doing promotional work, he got a call from Officials to meet WWE Medical Director Doctor Joseph Maroon the next day.
When he went to Dr. Maroon’s office, he was informed about his clearance via a note and according to the former World Champion he cried upon receiving the news:
“(there are) 4 doctors there waiting for me going through all these like tests and scans and talking to me and this kind of stuff and then at 9:30 at night, Dr. Maroon at that point had already left me, left me a sheet of paper and it said ‘it’s been a long time, finally you are cleared’ and I just, I cried.”
It’s worth mentioning here that during the same, Chris Jericho also revealed how he almost replaced Shane McMahon as Daniel’s partner at WrestleMania.