YES YES YES | Bryan given all clear to return to wrestling

The WWE announced four-time Wold Champion Daniel Bryan has been given the all clear to return to in-ring action.

The WWE announced in a statement published on Wednesday, “Bryan underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE.”

“It took extensive evaluations by leading neurosurgeons, neurologists and concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Javier Cárdenas and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.”

“He was cleared by each doctor as well as WWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon.”

In February 2016, Bryan retired from wrestling after suffering post-concussion seizures.

Bryan admitted he had lost count of the number of concussions he had suffered over his 16-year career.

Tests revealed Bryan had a lesion on the front of his brain, which is an abnormality to the brain caused by inflammation or cuts.

But as one of the doctors at Evoke Neuroscience explained to Bryan, a lesion isn’t actually a cut.

“I told him what happened and I said, ‘They found a lesion in the temporal-parietal region of my brain.’ He goes, ‘Wait, hold up, a lesion?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ And I don’t know what lesion means to you guys, a lesion to me means you have a cut. I have a cut on my brain. He goes, ‘No. Lesion, in medical terminology, is a very vague thing. It just means something is there. We don’t know what it is, so we call it a lesion in the temporal-parietal region of your brain,” Bryan retold on the Edge and Christian ‘Podcast of Awesomeness’.

Bryan has spent much of the past year meeting with top neurosurgeons in the quest of being cleared to return to the ring.

Every neurosurgeon Bryan met gave him the green light, yet the WWE refused to allow Bryan to wrestle.

In January this year, Bryan told Sports Illustrated that if he weren’t cleared by the WWE before WrestleMania, he would assume he would never wrestle for the WWE again.

But following their own investigation, the WWE have deemed Bryan fit to wrestle.

Focus now turns to whom Bryan will face at WrestleMania. One possible match up could see Bryan and Shane McMahon team up against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

Whatever the match up, fans across the world will tune in to see Bryan back in his briefs, defeating opponents with the ‘Yes Lock’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hulk Hogan sex tape

Hulk Hogan, the man children of the 80’s so fondly admired has successfully sued website Gawker, US$ 115 million for publishing a sex tape involving the wrestling icon and his best friends wife.

I know what you are all thinking. Who the hell would want to see a balding, 62 year old man, with the dress sense and vocabulary of a tween, performing moves in the bedroom, resembling his last great performance at Wrestlemania 3?

Of course it would have to be the same people who get a thrill from watching a balding, 62 year old man, with the dress sense and vocabulary of a tween doing his best work in a wrestling ring.

Well that’s what Gawker believed when they published the sex tape.

So lets begin from the start of how this incident occurred. Hogan said his friend, Bubba ‘The Love Sponge’ Clem (what is a love sponge?) told him in a phone call that his wife, Heather wanted to have sex with him.

Hogan, shocked but ever so generous, accepted the invite to sleep with his best friends wife.

Hogan had a suspicion that his friend may have been recording the relations, but for reasons that could not be explained, the Hulkster carried through with the deed.

Speaking in court, Hogan said he felt “humiliated” by the video and had not been the same man since it was published.

The last time Hogan felt this humiliated, he was swinging on a wrecking ball, wearing a thong.

But how humiliated was Hogan by the sex tape. Gawker lawyers went out of their way to prove Hogan has never been afraid to shy away from the topic of sex, as heard in a radio interview from 2006.

The interview centred around Hogan’s (cough) manhood. Yes we mean his Willy Wonka.

Gawker lawyers wanted to prove the Hulkster’s manhood is not as big as he proclaims.

The discussion was so off topic that we will skip the remainder of it for the sake of our readers.

To lighten up the mood, here’s a gif of a cute panda.

Now back to the main event. Gawker lawyers claimed that Hogan was humiliated by the video as it showed him racially vilifying his daughter’s boyfriend at the time, rapper Stacks.

The racial rant led to the WWE firing Hogan last year and removing all Hulk Hogan related products from their online store.

The only other time the WWE has abandoned someone so abruptly was when superstar, Chris Benoit murdered his son and wife before committing suicide.

The Gawker wanted to prove that Hogan’s lack of income in the past year was the reason behind his decision to sue the website.

But with his home town jury supporting him, Hogan was the victor in the grudge match that ended with him becoming $115 million richer and feeling good about himself once again.

Blurring the lines of a heel

Tensions heated up on Smackdown Live after Daniel Bryan sabotaged Shane McMahon’s attempt to fire Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at ‘Clash of Champions’.

McMahon was ready to plant his hand on the mat to signal a three count pinfall that would have ended the WWE careers of Owens and Zayn, but was prevented by Bryan, who ‘accidentally’ fell on the guest referee.

To make matters worse, Bryan was on hand for the three count that saw Owens and Zayn defeat Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura.

On the following episode of Smackdown Live an angry McMahon called out his General Manager Daniel Bryan to explain his actions.

Bryan explained that despite the actions of Owens and Zayn in the previous weeks, Smackdown Live was the ‘land of opportunity’ and both wrestlers deserved to have their chance to fulfil their talent.

Bryan even went as far as to suggest Shane’s spiteful persona was resemblant of his father Vince McMahon.

In reply Shane said Owens and Zayn had ruined their chances on Smackdown after attacking his father and sabotaging Smackdown Live’s chance of beating Raw at Survivor Series.

Then Shane rose the possibility of the Authority by saying Bryan went against what was ‘best for business’.

The line about business is resemblant of Bryan’s past rivalry with the authority. The ‘Yes’ movement was the symbol of Bryan contesting the people in charge of the WWE.

Bryan was considered not the ideal WWE Champion and was put down at every possible opportunity by Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and their puppet Randy Orton, until Bryan finally claimed the WWE World Heavy Weight Championship at Wrestlemania 30.

Back in 2013/14 when Bryan was making his push for the Heavy Weight Championship it was easy to work out who was the face and the heel in the storyline.

Bryan was the underdog hero who was trying to achieve every WWE fans lifelong dream, while being held back by the Authority, who still believed wrestlers had to be in the mould of a Randy Orton.

In todays feud the lines are not so clear. Bryan is still a fan favourite and has the best interest of the wrestlers in mind but is aligning himself with two men who have acted in an unfashionable manner and have destroyed the opportunities of the rest of the roster, as evident by their exploits at Survivor Series.

Shane on the other hand is showing glimpses of turning into a heel by raising the ‘best for business’ agenda. But while he may become a heel, Shane has every right to be aggrieved by Owens and Zayn. Owens head butted his father, Zayn interfered in his match against Owens and the two then allowed Raw to defeat Smackdown at Survivor Series.

Ironically, despite seamlessly transitioning into a heel, Shane is alligned with two faces in Orton and Nakamura.

In a sideshow to the storyline Daniel Bryan is in an actual feud with the authority. Bryan has been given the all clear by doctors to return to in-ring action but has not been given the green light by the WWE.

The WWE are in the midst of a lawsuit with 53 former wrestlers who claim there is a link between the head injuries sustained during their time with the company and CTE, the progressive degenerative brain disease.

Allowing Bryan to return to in-ring action would be contradictory by the WWE, who have reduced the number of head injuries to wrestlers since the 2007 Chris Benoit double murder and suicide.

There are two paths the Bryan and McMahon feud can take. One is an encounter between the two at Wrestlemania. The match would be the massive draw card for the event and would be the perfect way to kickstart Bryan’s career.

The other path would see Bryan’s time with the WWE come to an end. Bryan would let his contract run out with the WWE and take his talents to New Japan Pro-Wrestling or Ring of Honor.

Bryan will wrestle again at some point in the next year. It just depends what the WWE decide is ‘best for business’.

Expectations low for Wrestlemania 33

Wrestlemania 32 will go down as one of the greatest spectacles in sports entertainment history.

The event had everything; a crowd of 101,000, unforgettable matches, extravagant entrances and the reunion of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and The Rock.

Topping the feats of lasts years event is no easy achievement but it’s safe to say Wrestlemania 33 will fail to replicate last years extravaganza.

Wrestlemania 32’s main event of Triple H and Roman Reigns was by no means a match for the ages. But compared to this year’s main event, it will be a match to remember.

Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar would be a top billing main event if it was 2004, but in 2017 the match is less thrilling.

In their match at Survivor Series, Goldberg defeated Lesnar in 86 seconds.

Then for the Universal Championship at Fastlane, Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens in 22 seconds.

It is understandable that the WWE are giving Goldberg squash matches.

In his return to the WWE, Goldberg branded himself as a superhero and someone for children to look up to.

But are the WWE giving Goldberg squash matches to make him appear indestructible or is it because at the age of 50 and a retired wrestler for 13 years, Goldberg can no longer perform in a gruelling match?

At the grandest of stages a squash match will not be accepted by the WWE universe, especially as the match is a main event.

If Goldberg relinquishes the title to Brock Lesnar that would also be less than impressive.

Lesnar is a prize fighter and only wrestles at pay-per views, meaning there will be no matches against the universal champion on Raw programming.

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Brock Lesnar

Without the Universal champion featuring on Raw, only the United States champion, the Tag-Team champions will be seen on Raw.

The United States championship and the Tag-Team titles are almost irrelevant on Raw and without the Universal champion on the program, viewers may skip the show.

The Universal championship isn’t the only concern for Raw at Wrestlemania.

The Women’s Division has brought a breath of fresh air to the WWE and the three-way battle between Bayley, Charlotte and Sasha Banks will deliver at Wrestlemania.

But the build up to the match has been disappointing and Charlotte losing at Fastlane was an error of judgement by the WWE.

Charlotte had an undefeated pay-per-view streak, which was broken at Fastlane.

Charlotte’s streak was similar to the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak as fans became engrossed the longer it went.

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Charlotte was undefeated in 16 pay-per-views

It would have been appropriate to end the streak at Wrestlemania instead of Fastlane as the streak would have brought extra publicity to the match.

But for some reason the WWE decided Fastlane was the ideal place to end the streak.

The red half of the WWE isn’t the only reason Wrestlemania 33 will be a failure.

Two rumoured matches from Smackdown will also leave the WWE universe unimpressed.

 

Nikki Bella is expected to retire after Wrestlemania and the perfect ending to her career would be for her to team-up with her boyfriend, John Cena.

In recent weeks Bella and Cena have teamed up, only to be attacked by The Miz and Maryse, signalling the two couples will go head to head at Wrestlemania.

The match is perfect to link with the Total Divas reality show but for someone as renowned as John Cena, the match does not reach expectations.

It is unclear how long Cena will continue to wrestle and a match against the Undertaker would be the perfect ending to both Cena and Taker’s careers.

But at Wrestlemania 33, Cena will be wrestling in a reality match and the Undertaker will be up against ‘The Guy’ Roman Reigns.

The final disappointment heading to Wrestlemania is the likely match between AJ Styles and Shane McMahon.

Styles has been the WWE’s star man for the past year and a match against Bray Wyatt looked certain until Randy Orton decided he wanted to fight Wyatt.

On last weeks Smackdown Styles told Shane McMahon he was not afraid of the Smackdown boss and this has set off rumours of a feud between the pair.

After the year he has had, Styles deserves a match against one of the best wrestlers in the WWE.

But instead he will have a match with a man known more for his daredevil feats, than his technical in-ring ability.

‘Never say never’ as an in-ring return looms for Daniel Bryan

Former WWE Champion and current Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan has refused to rule out a return to the wrestling ring.

Speaking on Talksport’s Gorilla Position, Bryan declined to end speculation that he will be returning to the ring.

“Never say never”, Bryan said when asked by James Delow whether his on-air feud with The Miz would lead to a match.

“If you were to ask WWE the answer would be no but the one thing about (WWE) or any type of fighting or sport is that you never say never”.

“I look at it from a doctor stand point and I’m like ‘is there anything more I can do to get cleared?’ and right now I’ve done everything I can possibly do. It’s an unfortunate scenario for me”.

A return to wrestling would be a massive back-flip for Bryan who retired last year following advice from medical experts.

In his retirement Bryan revealed he had suffered 10 documented concussions while wrestling and that the concussions had taken a toll on his brain.

A return to wrestling would likely see Bryan face off with The Miz.

Though The Miz would be seen as an obvious choice for a challenger considering the two have had a public feud on Smackdown, questions would need to be raised as to why Bryan would arguably risk his health to fight The Miz.

Sting and Goldberg are two wrestlers who have come out of retirement in recent years and both have fought in drawcard matches against Triple H and Brock Lesnar.

The Miz may have improved his in-ring performances and is now one of the top heels in the WWE, but he is still way off the standard of Triple H and Brock Lesnar.

A return for Bryan should only occur if he is given a drawcard match, possibly against someone like the Undertaker.

Aside from medical experts, Bryan would also have to convince wife Brie Bella that he is capable of returning to the ring.

In the wake of his retirement Bryan suffered depression and lived alone for a few months, putting strain on the couples marriage.

The couple are also expecting a baby in April and this will likely see Bryan have a break from the WWE circuit to focus on his family.

Unlikely legend retires, legacy lives on

Last week WWE superstar Daniel Bryan announced his retirement from wrestling.

The 34 year old and one time WWE champion said advice from medical experts resulted in his retirement.

Bryan had endured two years of health issues, following a neck injury after the 2014 Wrestlemania.

However, his decision to retire came after medical tests to concussion and the side effects of numerous concussions.

Bryan said he lost count on the number of concussions he has had in his 16-year wrestling career and said the toll the concussions have taken on his brain forced him into an early retirement.

Fans across the globe have taken to social media to express their gratitude to the wrestler, with the hashtag ‘#ThankYouDanielBryan’ trending at number one on Twitter, worldwide.

Standing at 178cm and weighing 86kg, Bryan was not a stereotypical WWE superstar. But what he lacked in appearance he made up for in determination and in-ring ability.

10 years working in the Independent wrestling scene allowed Daniel Bryan to perfect his in-ring style, which was considered one of the best on the WWE roster.

But for all the ability he had, Bryan had trouble being considered with the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton and Triple H early in his WWE career, due to his ‘nerd-like’ image.

Things took a turn for the better when Bryan began the ‘Yes’ chant, which instantly fastened with the WWE fans.

The chant would later become a movement, which spread to sports around the world and is regularly heard at Michigan State College matches.

Bryan’s career peaked at the 2014 Wrestlemania, when he defeated ‘The Game’, Triple H, to clinch a WWE title match against Randy Orton and Bautista.

Bryan would eventually win the match and clinch his first WWE championship title on the 30th edition of the showcase.

The jubilation of winning the WWE belt would not last long for Bryan as he would require neck surgery in the weeks after Wrestlemania.

Since then, Bryan has only managed to return for two months before he re-injured himself.

Though Bryan has not been a regular in the WWE for the last two years, the famous ‘Yes’ chant can be heard at every WWE show.

When asked how he want’s fans to remember him Bryan said he doesn’t want people to personally remember his wrestling.

“I want fans to remember the fun they had with their sons and daughters, while watching my shows,” said Bryan.

Daniel Bryan said he plans to “help people and help the world” in retirement.