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Shawn Michaels gives his thoughts on Daniel Bryan’s in-ring return

Daniel Bryan’s comeback has sparked a lot of genuine emotion from the wrestling world. From fans to personalities, to wrestlers, the SD Live General Manager has touched the hearts of millions with his story.

Early in his career, Daniel Bryan drove to the Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy in San Antonio, Texas to learn from one of the greatest wrestlers who ever lived. The Heartbreak Kid and Bryan have talked about their days together numerous times, and Bryan’s former mentor had some kind words to say regarding his return to in-ring competition.

WWE released a video on Twitter with the Showstopper himself talking about Bryan’s achievements and return to the ring.

Like everybody else I was thrilled for him because…I know what it’s like to be forced away from this before you’re ready to let it go. I know it’s a special moment for him, clearly it’s an unbelievably special moment for the fans.

This isn’t a comeback, this is a second chance. He’s a wonderful young man and I know he’s gonna make…uh…the most of this opportunity, I’m sure.

I knew he was talented from the day that I saw him. From the first time he walked into Shawn Michaels’ Wrestling Academy he was a hard worker, he was unbelievably talented. But like me one of the things I knew that was going to be an uphill battle was his size.

You know that he’s going to be successful, but I don’t think any of us anticipated this. I mean, he’s become THE underdog. I don’t know that anybody’s ever captured anybody quite like Bryan has, especially at this time.

When doctors tell you that you can’t do this anymore…it’s heartbreaking. The truth is…it’s a lot easier to leave on your own terms than to have to be forced out on someone else’s terms. And now he’s got the opportunity that very few people have, and that’s to have everything. He’s going to have that wonderful family, he’s going to get an opportunity at a second chance in a career he loves being in, and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s living heaven on earth.

Daniel Bryan will make his in-ring return on April 8th when he teams up with Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon to take on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WrestleMania.