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View Poll Results: WHat should WWE do with Daniel Bryan?
WWE should Clear Daniel Bryan to wrestle 14 31.82%
WWE should grant Bryan his release 15 34.09%
WWE should stay the course for theirs, and his, own good. 15 34.09%
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:49 PM
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Daniel Bryan has been on the shelf for almost nine months now. It is said that he has a concuussion and that WWE will not clear him. Fair enough. However, there are several wrinkles in all this. Let us look on both sides, shall we?

First, WWE is afraid of the baad publicity. As a public company answering to share holders, it needs to tread lightly on any actions that could adversly affect share price. With the concussion issue on fire right now, they do not want to take that chance. Furthermore, with all the lawsuits facing them, why have another in the future?

Second, Daniel Bryan believes that he can still wrestle. He has been cleared by specialist after specialist regarding his concussion. He had a neck and shoulder injury in 2014, where he claimed that he had some weakness in his right arm. He has been working out like a madman in preparation for a comeback. He is currently pulling in a $650K guarantee. However, he has rejected three non-performing positions, insisting on being able to wrestle.

So, what should be done? I see this as an impasse. WWE does not want to clear him, and has offered Bryan numerous positions within the company. Bryan has turned the offers down and wants to wrestle. The linchpin is that Bryan is currently pulling down $650K a year. SO, what should be done? Should WWE take the exams of the numerous experts and clear Bryan? Should they continue to hold him out for his own good? Or, should WWE cut its' losses and release Bryan, and spend that money on someone else. Discuss.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:32 PM
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Well I'm on the fence about this one. First of all if the doctors, and we're not talking about quack doctors here have cleared him, then what is the problem. On the other hand I can see what the WWE is scared off. He could get into the ring and in his first bout suffer another concussion or something worse, but isn't any wrestler facing that same possibility.

Part of the problem here is Daniel Bryan himself. I can understand the fact that he wants to wrestle, he's been doing it for years, and the pop he gets from the crowd must be amazing. But again is he looking out for his best interests, you would have to think yes he is, but is he really? If he's been offered other positions in the company there is a reason that he hasn't taken them, and I don't want to believe that he's that selfish to want to end up a cripple just for that last hurrah.

The WWE doctor knows better than anyone else Daniel Bryan's medical condition and there is a reason he hasn't been cleared. He was one of their number one draws, and almost this whole year it's been about Bryan vs Reigns and was Bryan held back to push Reigns. I don't think it was for that reason. Reigns isn't drawing the numbers the WWE wants, and he's not selling the merchandise the way Bryan could. The WWE is a business in it to make money, so if Bryan was okay to wrestle he'd be back, especially with an injury ridden roster and Mania coming up.

What's the best thing to do? If they can't come to some sort of an agreement with him then I guess give him his release. No doubt another company would pick him up right away, and I'm guessing that Brie would ask for her release as well. He will go to Japan or TNA, be received with a thunderous ovation and hopefully go on to wrestle for a number of years.

In this case though the WWE is dammed if they do and dammed if they don't.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:39 PM
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As much as I would hate to see him leave I have to say release him. If they really think it's unsafe for him to wrestle(why else keep him on the shelf for this long?) and he won't take non-wrestling roles then they're just burning money away from keeping him around and wasting his time where he could be wrestling someplace else. Obviously I would prefer to see him back in a WWE ring but if that isn't possible then it would indeed be best if they cut their loses and let everyone walk their separate paths.
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It's not the easiest of decisions, however, if it is an impasse that they cannot get past, the only result would be to release him. It would disappoint many, but when parties cannot come to terms on something, the best thing to do is to cut ties.

WWE however doesn't want to do that, they seem intent to keep him around, in some capacity, showing that he is valued within the company, which is great, and should Bryan take the offer, it would only mean a much better product as a whole, because of the benefits he would bring future talent.

I realize that many would be sad without him in the ring and on their TV every week, but it wouldn't be as bad if his capacity in the company was training future stars, that would make the product better for the fans. I'd take a wrestler trained by Bryan if I cannot have Bryan himself.

That being said, the situation really comes down to Bryan. WWE has come to their perspective of the situation, one that Bryan has to sadly accept, if they feel he cannot perform without risk. I don't know the severity, they do, but if they're telling him they don't feel comfortable with him going out night after night, without risking injury, then that is how things are.

I feel bad for Bryan, there is no doubt I do, he feels that he is ready, but the company finds itself in a tough position, one wrong move could spell disaster not only for WWE, but for Bryan as well, and in the long run, that is what is most important, the well being of the performer.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:34 PM
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Does a decision have to be made? If the WWE has committed to no longer using Daniel Bryan as a regular in-ring character, then the smartest move the WWE has is to continue to pay out his contract.

Releasing DB would result, almost instantly, in TNA, ROH, and NJPW throwing slightly smaller than WWE sized (but very significant) stacks of money at him, because the company that wins that sweepstakes would receive a massive boost in viewership; and while viewership isn't a zero sum game, the minds that run the WWE sure act like it is.

If I'm the WWE, and for whichever reason I've committed to not using Daniel Bryan as an in-ring performer? I'd do exactly what they're doing now.
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WWE has no need to use Daniel Bryan right now. It is clear, and it has always been clear that Bryan is the type of guy that will always retain his heat regardless. It doesn't matter if WWE brings him back another month from now or another year from now. He's established. Just like the Cena's, Orton's, Batista's, Rock's, Lesnar's, and Austin's of the wrestling world.

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I don't see WWE releasing Daniel Bryan from his contract. That would be incredibly dumb. It is obvious that WWE is keeping him sidelined as a marketing ploy. He means something to fans, and thus they will wait for him. Just like they wait for the other big name stars. WWE is trying to build new stars on the level that they built Daniel Bryan. With Seth on the sideline this is a golden opportunity for Reigns and Ambrose to really step up. Once those two can draw consistent heat like Bryan can, WWE will bring him back. Once all the big stars who are injured return, there's another reason to bring him back. WWE has no real reason to feature Daniel Bryan right now. His presence would just hinder the process of other guys.

Of course most dumbasses in the IWC don't get this. They want to see a one man Daniel Bryan show without realizing how hypocritical that is. So on the question on what to do with Daniel Bryan, I say have some patience and wait a little longer.
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I'd love for Daniel Bryan to return to the ring, as would many other fans. However, WWE is in a spot here. Bryan's insistence on not changing his wrestling style has caught WWE in a catch 22 situation. They can't risk another lawsuit. On the other hand, releasing Bryan would be incredibly dumb. Even outside the ring, he serves a significant purpose. He is the most over superstar on the roster and is worth keeping around. He still moves a lot of merch, and frankly, why let go of your golden goose.

Of course, at some point, both may have to reach a decision. That time hasn't arrived yet IMO.
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Well I'm on the fence about this one. First of all if the doctors, and we're not talking about quack doctors here have cleared him, then what is the problem. On the other hand I can see what the WWE is scared off. He could get into the ring and in his first bout suffer another concussion or something worse, but isn't any wrestler facing that same possibility.

Part of the problem here is Daniel Bryan himself. I can understand the fact that he wants to wrestle, he's been doing it for years, and the pop he gets from the crowd must be amazing. But again is he looking out for his best interests, you would have to think yes he is, but is he really? If he's been offered other positions in the company there is a reason that he hasn't taken them, and I don't want to believe that he's that selfish to want to end up a cripple just for that last hurrah.

The WWE doctor knows better than anyone else Daniel Bryan's medical condition and there is a reason he hasn't been cleared. He was one of their number one draws, and almost this whole year it's been about Bryan vs Reigns and was Bryan held back to push Reigns. I don't think it was for that reason. Reigns isn't drawing the numbers the WWE wants, and he's not selling the merchandise the way Bryan could. The WWE is a business in it to make money, so if Bryan was okay to wrestle he'd be back, especially with an injury ridden roster and Mania coming up.

What's the best thing to do? If they can't come to some sort of an agreement with him then I guess give him his release. No doubt another company would pick him up right away, and I'm guessing that Brie would ask for her release as well. He will go to Japan or TNA, be received with a thunderous ovation and hopefully go on to wrestle for a number of years.

In this case though the WWE is dammed if they do and dammed if they don't.
Perfectly said.

I can't believe some people feel like wwe is in the wrong. They are looking out for DB's health(and themselves), unlike his so called "fans" who want to see him rushed back and face Brock Lesnar of all people at Wrestlemania.

I think DB might be an issue to why wwe hasn't cleared him as well, he seems a little stubborn. There were reports saying he was told to ease up on his move-set a little after his injury, yet he came back still hitting suicide dives and headbutts off the rope. He went as far as having "headbutt wars" in his matches with Ziggler and Sheamus after winning the IC championship. He dont seem to care about his well being as much as he cares about entertaining/wrestling for the fans. Which is respectful but idiotic.
He needs to take the entire time off to COMPLETELY heal. I may not be the biggest DB fan, but I would love to see him wrestle again in wwe. Though, I can wait until he's fully recovered. Besides, think of the reaction he will receive when he returns.
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That's a tough one. Bryan wants to wrestle, to the point that he won't accept a non-wrestling role in WWE. The man loves what he does and he wants to keep going in the ring until he feels he can't do it anymore.

Meanwhile, WWE doesn't want to risk him getting hurt again. With all the negative press WWE gets anytime a wrestler dies young or winds up a mess, they don't want to risk that. Personally, I don't want Bryan to wind up like the Dynamite Kid, who kept going even after his body started breaking down, and paid a heavy price for it.

With the number of top guys WWE has on the DL going into WrestleMania season, they have to make a decision soon whether to use him, or cut him loose.
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With the number of top guys WWE has on the DL going into WrestleMania season, they have to make a decision soon whether to use him, or cut him loose.
I don't think it'll happen that quickly. If they feel he isn't ready, anytime before or even after WrestleMania would probably be a bit too close. If they really wanted to bring him back and allowed him the proper time to see how things go, and they go well enough to let him go, the best option would be SummerSlam. Plenty of time for him to heal, and a good event to make a comeback at or, depending on the time-frame, the choice, that many believed that would happen this year, Royal Rumble.

WWE isn't completely lost, they have Styles, Brock, Reigns, they have Bray and Ambrose added into that mix as well. Orton will be back sooner than expected because he doesn't require surgery and is recovering quickly, and Cena, I'm not sure on, but I did read he's already training. Of course Rollins will be out for a while, Sting is out of commission for the time being, but they're not devoid of a main event scene currently, where I'd say their in danger.

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