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Former WWE Superstar Rob Van Dam remains sporadically active on the independent circuit, even at 46 years old, but you won’t see the popular star back on Raw or SmackDown anytime soon.

According to, a “visual impairment” caused by a concussion suffered in November 2016 has “disqualified [me] from working for WWE,” as per the terms outlined in the company’s Concussion Management Program protocol. The claims were made in papers filed as part of RVD’s ongoing divorce proceedings.

The former WWE and ECW Champion suffered the affliction while wrestling Pentagon Jr. for England’s Preston City Wrestling. It saw the veteran fly out of the ring and use a steel chair, with RVD taking a couple of big bumps throughout, though he was competing again by December.

Now in his 27th year in the business, Van Dam claims he has “aged out” of wrestling partly because of his inability to rejoin WWE, which has “substantially reduced” his income. He last worked for the company back in August 2014, but has fulfilled a number of independent dates in 2017, including a featured spot at ICW’s flagship Fear & Loathing event last month.


Edge spoke with ESPN on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Life after pro wrestling:

“I had no aspirations after wrestling. I truly just assumed I would retire, grow a big beard, sit on my deck and figure out what was next. If it was nothing, I was OK with that. I pretty much immediately did ‘Haven,’ but still had no kind of false aspirations that this was something that I’d be good at, or would want to do outside of just a couple episodes. It’d be fun, and that will be that.”

Starting E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness with Christian:

“It was one of those deals where Christian had approached me, because the company had approached him.I said I didn’t know — there’s like a thousand podcasts out there, what can we do that’s different? How do we make ours different than the other hundred out there? It’s different because it’s us. Because of our banter and our chemistry, and the fact that we’ve been best friends for 33 years. You can’t manufacture that. I think you can tell from listening to us that we’re just two idiots having a good time, shooting the breeze like we would anyway, just more wrestling centric.”

Daniel Bryan coming on their podcast and being very open about wanting to wrestler again and concussions:

“We’ve just ended up talking, and what has come out has been what you’ve heard. I think the only instance so far where I was surprised with how candid he was, was Bryan talking about the concussions. And a lot of that I didn’t even know, so it was really eye-opening and interesting to see all the steps that he’s taken with that.


One of the most consistent rivals of Daniel Bryan’s WWE career has been The Miz. Recently, “The A-Lister” spoke to Sports Illustrated about his desire to face Bryan in the ring again.

The Miz was involved in the early part of Bryan’s career when he mentored Bryan in NXT. They worked multiple programs with each other on the main roster, including during Bryan’s time as general manager of SmackDown Live. The Mizgained notoriety for his acclaimed tirade against Bryan during an episode of Talking Smack in August 2016, in which he called Bryan a coward for breaking his promise to the fans that he’d return to the ring. The Miz said he doesn’t know what Bryan’s plans are, but if he ever returned to the ring he’d welcome a match with him.

“I would love to beat him up. I would love to beat him up in a WWE ring, all day every day. But I don’t know what the plans are for Daniel. I know his passion is in the WWE ring, now whether that’s as a general manager or as a professional wrestler, I don’t know, I don’t know his plans,” The Miz said. “I know he’s working tremendously hard to get back in the WWE ring, and I [have my] fingers crossed because I would love to have a match with Daniel Bryan. He’s one of the best in-ring technicians that WWE has ever seen, and I would like to showcase how much better I am than him.”

Bryan has said that he’s doing everything in his power to return to performing again. His extensive history with concussions has been well-documented, so the WWE has been hesitant about allowing him to make an in-ring comeback. The Miz said as long as Bryan get’s medical clearance, he’d have no qualms about competing against him.

“If doctors sign him up and say, ‘Listen, this guy is OK,’ I am more willing to kick him in the chest, in the stomach, and hit him with the Skull-Crushing Finale a couple of times,” he said.

Researchers say former NFL linebacker Fred McNeill was the first living person identified with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

A case study was published this week and Dr. Bennet Omalu, credited with discovering the disease in football players, confirmed to CNN’s Nadia Kounang that the unnamed subject in the report was McNeill, who died in 2015.

Only a brain exam after death can confirm the diagnosis of the degenerative brain disease. However, the presence of CTE was first discovered in 2012 through an experimental brain scan that revealed the presence of tau, a signature protein of CTE.

McNeill played for 12 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, from 1974-1985.

Source: Busted Open Radio

Despite not being cleared to compete with the WWE, Daniel Bryan still has his mind set on returning to the ring. Speaking with Busted Open Radio, Bryan talked about his future in the ring.

It’s been nearly two years since Daniel Bryan was forced to retire from in-ring competition in February of 2016. Since his emotional farewell, he’s returned to the WWE as Smackdown Live’s GM, but his passion for wrestling has not allowed him to rule out a possible return. Unfortunately, he believes that it’ll take more than simple medical clearance for some promotions to let him back in the ring.

“The frustrating part is it doesn’t necessarily have to do with how I actually am medically,” Bryan said. “It’s a lot of, I don’t want to say political, but it’s just the situation around concussions at the moment. Everything is so fear-based. The media is fear-based, all that kind of stuff. If this would have happened 10 years ago, for better or worse, they would have just put me right back out there. If this were to happen 10 years from now, it would be a different story because they’ve have better testing. They’re working on better testing now and you’d have a better understanding of where we’re at as far as concussions go.”

As of now, all tests Bryan has undergone have come back with positive results.

“All the tests that I’m taking are all saying that not only am I good, but better than your average person who’s never had any concussions,” stated Bryan. “And that’s the frustrating part.”

Though Bryan’s love of wrestling is intense, he admits that his family is his highest priority. His daughter with Brie Bella, Birdie, is now six months old and Bryan will not allow any potential issues risk the future of his family. If the results of any medical tests advise him against an in-ring comeback, he won’t return to physical competition.

“If there’s ever any tests that I take that says you’re not healthy, you shouldn’t do this, I’m not going to do it because I don’t want to put my family at that kind of risk.”

In the meantime, Bryan has been a fan-favorite as GM of Smackdown Live. This role puts him in a unique position, allowing him to build emotional rivalries with other superstars, however, without the opportunity to conclude the feud properly inside the ring. Such a spot is conflicting for Bryan, who is trying to be content while he patiently awaits his suspected clearance.

“I just did an interview in the ring with Sami Zayn a couple of weeks ago and you know that we could just go out there and the crowd would eat it up and it would be awesome,” Bryan said. “And the same thing with the Miz last year. There’s that very real disdain between the two of us that we could have really made something special. So missing out on those little things, part of me dies inside, but then I look at the bigger picture and I know that this is my role for right now. And come September, one way or another, I’ll be wrestling again. Or, if a test says that I’m not, then I won’t.”

Daniel Bryan will return wrestle in 2018, according to his wife, Brie Bella.

In an interview with From The Top Rope Podcast, Brie revealed that her husband has been undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and has already had around 40 treatments across the USA. She also stated that, should he get the ago-ahead from doctors, she would be fully supportive of his return to wrestling, adding ‘This is your dream and passion. You have one life to live and I will never hold you back, because I love to wrestle and I would hate if someone told me you can’t do it. And if the WWE doesn’t allow it, then I said, go somewhere else.’

This is very interesting for fans of independent wrestling, as it raises the issue of where Bryan would likely go if WWE refused to allow him to wrestle under their banner. His contract, of course, expires in 2018. Ring of Honor would seem a frontrunner, with Daniel being a former champion and fan favourite there.

In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer noted that while Bryan wouldn’t likely make more money on the indies than he would in WWE, he’d certainly be able to come close with a lighter, hand-picked schedule. He also added that Bryan has never really been about the money, and the thought of having better matches with a wider variety of opponents would be very tempting.

Meltzer also noted Bryan’s in-ring return would likely dominate wrestling news in 2018.


Count Terrell Davis among the many former football players who are understandably uneasy about the long-term impact the sport may have on their lives.

The former Denver Broncos running back detailed the widespread concerns during an interview with the Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post ahead of this weekend’s Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.

“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.'”

The comments from Davis come just one week after a study published findings that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, was discovered in 99 percent of brains of deceased players.

With the new-age information on brain injuries in mind, Davis recalled a well-documented story about him playing through a migraine during a Super Bowl XXXII victory over the Green Bay Packers.

“I think about that moment a lot because if they had the rules in place then, I don’t go back into that game,” Davis said. “And that changes a lot. Am I here? Thank God it didn’t happen like that.”

Davis, who will be inducted alongside the greatest players in football history Saturday night, played seven seasons in the NFL from 1995-2001, all of which with the Broncos.

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