It’s been 18 months since Daniel Bryan retired from wrestling but his wife Brie Bella says she “knows for a fact” that he’ll find a way to return to the ring thanks to a new medical treatment.
Brie was asked about Bryan’s wrestling future on Barstool Sports’ From The Top Rope podcast this week and the new mom revealed that he began looking for treatments to heal his brain weeks after retiring.
She explained, “From that moment, which was pretty much two years ago, he has been doing every kind of testing to every kind of experiment you can imagine for the brain. And he actually found one, it’s this oxygen hyperbaric chamber or something.”
The treatment is called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Described as “the use of high-pressure oxygen as a drug to treat basic pathophysiologic processes and their diseases,” the doctors using it say they’ve used it as a treatment for “more than 70 different cerebral disorders, including stroke, dementia, autism and traumatic brain injury.”
Brie claims Bryan has already undergone 40 treatments across the country and said she’ll fully support his return if doctors give him the green light.
“And I told Bryan, ‘You do have a daughter, so always remember that. But if the doctors finally give you the green light,’ I go, ‘Go! This is your dream and passion. You have one life to live and I will never hold you back.’”
Adding, “Because I love to wrestle, and I would hate if someone told me you can’t do it. And if WWE doesn’t allow it, then I said, ‘Go somewhere else. It’s all on you.’ Obviously, he would love to be able to get back in that WWE ring, but I know for a fact my husband is going to find his way back to the ring. He honestly is.”
Regardless of being cleared by outside doctors, Bryan would need WWE’s Dr. Joseph Maroon to reverse his decision if he is to wrestle for the company again. He hasn’t wrestled since April 2015, with him having suffered a concussion in a match shortly before that.
A history of concussions and issues related to them contributed to Bryan not being cleared by Maroon. Bryan announced his retirement in February of last year and later transitioned into a role as the General Manager of SmackDown LIVE.