TJR News Tuesday (02/16) Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella Talk On Good Morning America, Updated WWE Fastlane Card, Smackdown Preview & More!

On this morning’s edition of Good Morning America, Daniel Bryan and his wife Brie Bella appeared to discuss his retirement from the squared circle. He mentioned that he was trying to keep his injuries a secret from WWE officials and Brie too, in fear that he would be forced to stop wrestling.

Here’s a quick summary from WrestlingInc:

* Brie talked about being there to witness one of Bryan’s concussions and called it heartbreaking. She also knew about his seizures and Bryan begged her not to tell anyone in WWE because they would stop him from wrestling if he found out

* Bryan rushed off the “fake” talk and said it’s not real and it’s not fake but when you get slammed, you really get slammed

* Triple H also gave comments and said the company has to step in and protect an athlete when they’re hurt or the talent will run themselves into the ground

* The concussion lawsuits were brought up and WWE said they had no merit. Triple H said referees are trained to watch for concussions and injuries in the ring

* It was noted that Brie’s retirement announcement will likely come this summer. Brie said after watching what Bryan went through, it’s time for her to hang up her boots

* Bryan is looking forward to working with and helping to create concussion awareness

The video of the interview is below.

WWE's Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella Speak Out About Concussions


Smackdown Taping Tonight

Brock Lesnar Smackdown

Here is the official preview for tonight’s Smackdown TV taping at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California.

For the first time in 12 years, The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar will return to SmackDown, Thursday at 8/7 C on USA Network. Plus, Roman Reigns teams with Dean Ambrose against the Dudleys.

Our boss man John Canton will have the Smackdown review up later in the week.

Updated Lineup For WWE Fastlane


Here is the updated WWE Fastlane card for Sunday February 21, as of today.

Triple Threat #1 Contender’s Match for a WWE Title Match at WrestleMania
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose

WWE Intercontinental Title Match
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

WWE Divas Title Match
Charlotte (c) vs. Brie Bella

Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch vs. Tamina Snuka and Naomi

Edge and Christian interview WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day

Kickoff Pre-show: 2 of 3 Falls Match for the United States Title
Kalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio

It’s expected that Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles will also take place at the show. There may be another one or two matches added at the Smackdown tapings tonight.


In Other News

– Announced on Raw last night, the inaugural recipient of the Vincent J McMahon Legacy of Excellence will be revealed on next Monday’s Raw.

Michael Cole spoke on commentary about how this is the most prestigious award in WWE history, and no-one deserved the award until now. Below is a tweet from WWE showing the award.

– Jonathan Coachman wrote on Twitter last night that Brock Lesnar will be appearing on tonight’s “Off The Top Rope” segment on ESPN.

– Also announced on Raw last night, The New Day will be the guests of Edge and Christian on a very special edition of the Cutting Edge/Peep Show. I can see this being another long kazoo and trombone battle that will turn into a commercial for the first episode of The Edge And Christian Show That Totally Reeks Of Awesomeness, which airs immediately after Fastlane this Sunday night.


Read Our Stuff

– John Canton watched, reviewed and dissected WWE Raw last night. Why don’t you read his Raw Deal and feel smarter straight away.

– Wanted a fans perspective at a WWE live event or TV taping? Read Brandon Lasher’s thoughts as he attended last weeks Smackdown, that included that amazing AJ Styles v Chris Jericho match.

– Do you have the post Daniel Bryan blues? Missing CM Punk too? Read Ron Pascari’s thoughtful column.

Closing Time

Well that’s about it from me today. Mark will be here tomorrow to get all you lovely people up to speed with his TJR Daily news, John is here on Thursday and my illustrious self on Friday. If there’s any breaking news, rest assured it will be covered by us. So until then…….So long folks!