Due to Bryan Danielson’s past issues with his health, he is being through on this run within AEW.
Bryan was a guest on the AEW Full Gear post-show media scrums. Bryan revealed that he doesn’t do impact testing anymore, but he does visit a neurologist monthly. Bryan talked about how his SPECT scans are constantly getting better; SPECT scans monitor the flow of oxygen to the brain. Bryan stressed that he is focused on his family and that he would hang up his boots if something tried to get in the way of that.
“So I don’t do the impact testing anymore. To be honest, I haven’t done an impact test in years and years. But I do regularly keep up with a neurologist who I see pretty much every month. There’s these new tests called SPECT scans which monitor the oxygen flow in your brain and all that kind of stuff. Because I keep working on it and keep doing different things, my SPECT scans keep getting better and better. I think last time he said that they were better than your average 25-year-old with no head trauma. We’re going to see how valid these SPECT scans are and some of the other stuff, but I’m trying to be very diligent because one of the things that’s most important to me is being a dad. I see the best doctors in the country and all of them have cleared me. So it’s not like I’m going to see these fringe doctors who are like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re good to go, buddy!’ Even Dr. Joseph Maroon, who I have a lot of respect for, he was the most tested, we had to go through all the due diligence to even get cleared for WWE because if you don’t, that’s a huge lawsuit. But my main goal is not to be the best wrestler — I’m a relatively old father, my son just turned a year and a half, when he turns 15, I’m going to be 54, 55. He’s going to want to take me down the way that I did when I was 15 with my dad. I’m going to sprawl on him and I’m going to crush his shoulder, so I want to be when my daughter asks me about chemistry and how H2O bonds with CO2, I want to be able to say it’s H2CO3. I want to be able to do all that and explain to her chemistry, and algebra, and calculus and whatever it is she wants to do. That is my number one goal to do that and I think, if Tony thinks, I’m getting to a point where I won’t be able to do that, it’s going to be time to stop,” the number one contender to the AEW World Championship said. (h/t Gisberto Guzzo of Fightful)
In Bryan’s past life as Daniel Bryan, he was forced to retire back in 2015 due to head injuries that were affecting his long-term health. Back in 2018, Bryan was cleared and returned to action in the WWE. He debuted in AEW at All Out 2021 on September 5.
At Full Gear 2021, Bryan defeated Miro in the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, making him the number one contender for the AEW World Title.
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