This past Monday on Raw, Bryan Danielson, better know to WWE fans as Daniel Bryan, announced his retirement due to medical issues, specifically, due to issues with concussions.

Daniel Bryan's retirement came as a bit of a surprise, as just a few weeks prior, he was completely unwilling to accept the fact that he may never wrestle again, despite WWE's head of medical, Dr. Joseph Maroon, refusing to clear him for in-ring competition.

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During his nearly thirty-minute retirement speech, Bryan said that he had experienced a wide variety of emotions over the last couple of months, including frustration, anger, and sadness, but, at the end of it all, he said that he was feeling nothing but gratitude, because he was able to do what he loved for 16 years.

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Before last month's Royal Rumble pay-per-view, there was some talk of a Daniel Bryan return to the ring. Some expected him to be a surprise entrant in the actual Royal Rumble match, but that obviously didn't happen.

A doctor visit to try to prove good health

Just a few days prior to the Royal Rumble, Daniel Bryan visited the doctors at UCLA to further support his claim that he could in fact get back in the ring and wrestle.

The doctors at UCLA informed Bryan that there was absolutely nothing wrong with his brain, and that WWE should allow him to wrestle again.

Several months prior to that, Bryan visited a doctor who worked closely with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, and that doctor cleared him as well. But, despite the fact that Bryan had two very high-level doctors that were willing to clear him, WWE's head of medical still was not.

Less than perfect test results

Following his UCLA visit, Bryan underwent a series of tests in New York, again to further support his claim that he could wrestle again. However, the results of these tests weren't so good.

His tests in New York revealed that he had a subacute lesion in the temporoparietal region of his brain, which was causing him to have seizures.

During an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter with former WWE commentator Jonathan Coachman, Bryan admitted to having and hiding post-concussion seizures, and he also admitted that, during the time he was having the seizures, he didn't know what was causing him, and when he found out the cause, the decision to retire was an easy one to make.

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Now that Daniel Bryan is officially retired, there is some debate about whether or not he should be inducted into this year's WWE Hall of Fame.

Sting, as we know, is the only announced inductee for this year's Hall of Fame, and there are rumors that JBL and the Fabulous Freebirds could be joining him, however, that's not yet confirmed.

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A Hall-of-Fame bid?

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer said on Wednesday that the expects Daniel Bryan to be the headline act at this year's WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, adding that the timing is absolutely perfect for it.

Some are saying that it's too soon, and that WWE should hold off on putting Bryan in the Hall of Fame for at least a few more years. 

Others are saying that, if he's done wrestling, then there's absolutely no reason to hold it off. Basically, if he deserves to be in, and he's never going to wrestle again, then why wait?

At 34 years-old, Daniel Bryan would be the youngest WWE star ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, by far. As for who would induct him, well, William Regal, who was his mentor throughout his sixteen-year career, Shawn Michaels, who was his trainer, Brie Bella, who is his wife, and Kane, who was his tag-team partner, are all good candidates for the job.

WWE is definitely considering putting Daniel Bryan into the Hall of Fame this year, but, the question is, will they do it? And with the Hall of Fame ceremony coming up in less that a month and a half, we'll find out the answer to that question in the not-so-distant future.

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