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4 reasons why Daniel Bryan returning to WWE is NJPW's loss

Daniel Crump
SENIOR ANALYST
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10.12K   //    21 Mar 2018, 18:47 IST

What could have been
What could have been

It is hard to find fault with the recent news that Daniel Bryan has been cleared to wrestle by the WWE. Watching him achieve his dream of becoming WWE Champion at Wrestlemania 30, only to see a series of injuries force him into early retirement, was a true tragedy for many of us.

With Bryan's return now confirmed, many are looking ahead to the inevitable dream matches he can now enjoy. For WWE fans at least, this is the greatest news we've received in a very long time.

That being said, some wrestling fans were still holding out hope that rather than stay on with the WWE, Daniel Bryan would make a triumphant return to Japan and join the ranks of the increasingly impressive New Japan Pro Wrestling roster. There are many reasons why this move would have resulted in a match made in heaven, here are four of them:


#1 He could have joined the Bullet Club

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If you've never watched New Japan Pro Wrestling before, there is still an outside chance you would have heard of the Bullet Club. Despite having one or two Japanese members in their ranks, Bullet Club are essentially a 'Western-led' faction that appeals to US and British fans by speaking in English and fighting a kind of style more familiar to them.

Over the years, the Bullet Club have managed to transcend NJPW, appearing for multiple Independent promotions across the world, and being a mainstay of the ROH roster. Later this year, the Club are even planning to hold their own special event which they have named 'All In'.

You might also be aware that a power struggle of sorts is taking place within Bullet Club at present, with Kenny Omega being usurped by WWE alumnus Cody Rhodes. Bringing former WWE Superstars over the NJPW/ROH has been crucial in growing the faction's brand overseas, and for a short while, it appeared as though they would be acquiring the services of Daniel Bryan.

With speculation that the WWE were refusing to clear the former World Champion despite contrary advice from doctors, many believed Bryan would make the switch to the land of tomorrow where Bullet Club might have been the ideal calling.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to see New Japan ascend the ranks of the wrestling world, this now appears to be improbable.

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Daniel Crump
SENIOR ANALYST
Life long WWE fan and recent convert to NJPW. I mainly write feature pieces, giving my opinions on WWE's past, present and future. Follow me on Twitter for more!
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