The former WrestleMania headliner and world Champion Bryan was forced out of the ring in 2015 due to concussion related issues. He was encouraged to retire against his will, despite receiving the clearance from independent doctors, and has been sidelined ever since. However, when speaking to the Trentonian, Bryan says that his WWE career in the ring may not be over.
"I'm trying to get cleared as we speak. All my tests have come back fantastic, better than people who have never had any concussion-type stuff. But it's a weird thing. We're in a weird situation politically with the climate around concussions; right now, it's very difficult. WWE would love to have me back, but is that the smart thing for me as a business to bring me back? If I was to come back, and they let me back, would they get a lot of flak for it? They have a ton of stockholders that they're responsible for. It's more than just, 'Is he healthy to do it?'"
While the situation seems black and white, Bryan says that the size of WWE seems to be the main thing preventing him from competing again.
"There's more than that to the whole situation. All the concussion doctors think that I'm healthy enough to do it, and that I should be able to do it — well, I don't want to say all of them, I'm sure there's somebody out there who doesn't think that — but there's a lot more than goes into it than just that. That's the unfortunate situation with giant corporations and big business in the United States."
Bryan's contract -- which was frozen when he was off television -- expires in September 2018, and Ring of Honor have expressed interest in having him back.
You can see a Fightful.com video news update on the situation above.