On Wednesday, WWE confirmed that Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan has been removed from the remainder of the current WWE European tour that began on April 10, and will run until April 20.
“Daniel Bryan has been pulled from the remainder of the UK tour as a precautionary measure,” WWE announced in a statement.
Bryan did compete during Tuesday’s Smackdown tapings, teaming up with WWE United States Champion John Cena to battle the WWE Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, which can be seen on Syfy on Thursday night. However, Bryan was then removed from all further WWE live events scheduled overseas.
Bryan Alvarez said on Wrestling Observer Live on Thursday that the reason Bryan was sent home following the taping was because of symptoms of a concussion as well as his nagging neck problems. Alvarez noted that he suffered a concussion during a match against Sheamus on SmackDown a few weeks ago and has been suffering from those symptoms ever since. Bryan, however, was cleared by WWE doctors to work live events over in the United Kingdom until Tuesday’s SmackDown taping. After the match, he complained to WWE officials about those symptoms and was sent him home shortly after.
As previously reported, Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer claims that Bryan’s health is question, and WWE is worried about the repercussions of having him compete more than necessary. While the company wants Bryan to have a long career in WWE, as well as a long run as the WWE Intercontinental Champion, they also do not want him to become permanently injured while competing in their ring.
Bryan is slated to defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Bad News Barrett at Extreme Rules on April 26.