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It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that current Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to wrestle for WWE again. It’s amazing news and the wrestling world is celebrating because of how good of a performer Bryan was. Bryan was forced to retire in February 2016 due to concussion issues. His last match in WWE was April 14, 2015, so it’s been nearly three years since he has had a match.

The news was broken by WWE at around 3:04pm, which is about five hours before Smackdown will air live tonight.

Here’s the official statement from WWE on Bryan’s return:

Following more than two years of extensive evaluations, four-time World Champion Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to in-ring competition by leading neurosurgeons, neurologists and concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Javier Cárdenas and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.

Bryan underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE. He was cleared by each doctor as well as WWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon.

Bryan commented on Twitter about the news.

Shinsuke Nakamura is one of many wrestlers excited about the news. Others also chimed in.

TJR Thoughts: I love this news. It makes me incredibly happy because I have seen and read Bryan talking about how much he wanted to wrestle again, so for him to reach this point again is wonderful. I think he’ll be fine and smart about coming back.

As for WrestleMania, this probably means Bryan will team up with Shane McMahon against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. We should find out on Smackdown tonight.

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