— One of the doctors who cleared Daniel Bryan for in-ring competition with WWE, neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Cantu, spoke to Newsweek and had this to say:
“I evaluated Bryan for a neurological opinion on return to WWE on February 26, 2018. Included in his medical records were multiple evaluations by renowned concussion clinicians. I determined that Bryan is currently asymptomatic, has a normal detailed neurological and cognitive neuropsychological examination, normal EEG, and an MRI that showed no definite evidence of a prior brain injury. It is my medical opinion that there is no absolute contraindication to his return to in-ring action in WWE.”
— Cantu is a leading expert in concussions who consults with teams across the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL). He also has his own concussion treatment center at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. Along with at least two other specialists, Bryan received the green light which ultimately then led to WWE’s own medical staff clearing him as well.
— It was speculated on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio that Daniel Bryan will likely be in the upcoming 50-man Royal Rumble in April and there is a very real possibility that he could win it.
— Dave Meltzer also spoke on the Royal Rumble odds this year that had Bryan as the favorite at one point which has fueled rumors that at least some people in WWE knew he was going to be cleared. According to Meltzer, this is not true and the odds had nothing to do with anyone knowing that Bryan would be wrestling again.