The newly retired Daniel Bryan was a guest on ESPN SportsCenter last night during the Off The Top Rope segment with Jonathan Coachman.
Bryan said it was a very emotional day on Monday especially having to do the in-ring promo with his mother, sister, and close friends all in front row, making it hard for him not to cry and often needed to turn away from them to not let tears come down.
The former WWE World Heavyweight champion then said that they documented 10 concussions although it’s impossible to say how many he had suffered during his time in WWE. Bryan explained how he went to New York last month to undergo a new test to solidify his case to WWE to try and return. He had undergone several EEG tests – tests that measure the electrical brain current – however the new test had EEG testing while checking his reflexes. All previous EEG and brain MRI tests came out positive however when doing this test, his brain wasn’t that okay as he previously thought.
The new test revealed that he has a small sub acute or chronic lesion in the temporal parietal region area of his brain that causes seizures. Bryan said that he had several post concussion seizures but no one could figure out why until this test was done. With that information in hand Bryan decided it was time to call it quits.
Switching topics to the “Yes!” chant, Bryan said he started doing it to be annoying and never imagined it would be something that people would chant along. He said it propelled his career. When Coach asked him about the extended standing ovation he received on Raw including the whole roster and the boss coming out, Bryan said that it was pretty surreal, just like his whole journey, and was thankful that he had a chance to close his eyes and take it all in for one last time.
You can see the interview below.