LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Lost in the shuffle of Monday night’s bombshell that WWE was vacating the World Heavyweight Championship was the comparison of stripped champion Daniel Bryan’s neck injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee.
During the Monday Night RAW pre-show on the WWE Network, Hall of Fame member Booker T. said Bryan returning too soon would lead to the same situation RGIII found himself in last year — a shell of himself.
After capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, Bryan was diagnosed with an issue in his neck and underwent a cervical foraminotomy to decompress the nerve root. Griffin, of course, underwent a reconstructive knee surgery after shredding it as a rookie.
Griffin struggled mightily to return to form during his sophomore season and was ultimately benched for the final three games of the year.
The WWE Hall of Famer would hate to see something similar happen to Bryan.
Here’s the transcript:
Booker T: Just like RGIII, right? Just like RGIII. Throw him in the game. Go ahead and look at him now. The guy’s career is … that’s what you’re talking about, right?
Josh Matthews: RGIII’s career isn’t over. I don’t know if the comparison is fair to compare Daniel Bryan to Robert Griffin the quarterback.
BT: Why not? It’s a position that’s highly… it’s going to take a lot of contact. Daniel Bryan is going to have to go out there and perform some of the same moves that he went out there and performed at WrestleMania. To go out there and be anywhere near on top of his game… there is no way he can put himself in jeopardy without going out, hurting that neck, and ending his career permanently. You know what I’m saying?
Fellow panelist Kofi Kingston seemed to agree, albeit with some reluctance. Everybody else just kind of wanted to move on.