Daniel Bryan's WWE future has been subject to much debate recently and WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has been the latest personality to offer his opinion on the matter.
Hart, 57, believes that we have seen Bryan wrestle in WWE for the last time and the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be forced to retire due to serious neck injuries.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated website, Hart said:
"Daniel Bryan is finished. He'll never wrestle again. I don't think he knows it yet. I feel terrible about Daniel Bryan. For all intents and purposes, he had the exact same thing happen to him that happened to me after Bill Goldberg kicked me in the head.
"One day, you learn it's over. Doctors tell you that you can't wrestle and you'll never wrestle again. I lost millions of dollars because of that. I pray that it's not the same for Daniel Bryan."
The comments appear to be quite harsh and extremely pessimistic but considering WWE have given little in terms of an update on Bryan's status, there is little evidence to argue against Hart's damning assessment.
Hart and Bryan have parallels throughout their careers, arguably representing the best technical wrestlers of their respective generation and, unfortunately, career-ending injuries maybe another similarity between the pair.
Bret Hart jumped ship from WWE to WCW in 1997 where he embarked on an underwhelming run where the company had no real idea on how to use a talent like Bret Hart. In 1999, things would go from bad to worse, when, at Starcade, in a match against Bill Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, Hart took a kick to the head which would result in the end of his in-ring career.
Hart has still managed to have somewhat of a WWE career despite the injury, coming in now and again for certain angles but it is a very limited role, something which Bryan would struggle to come to terms with if he were dealt the same hand.
When Bryan suffered his initial injury and had to relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it was believed he would slow down his in-ring style upon his return but that did not really happen. If Bryan is granted another chance as a permanent WWE performer, surely he will have to compromise his intense and stiff style.
It is still unknown what the actual cause of Bryan's injury is but it is clear he has suffered an extremely serious neck injury, something which has ended several careers in the past.
If there is no way back for Bryan, fans can only hope that stars like Hart, who have been through the same thing, reach out to him and offer him support and advice on how to come to terms with such a change of lifestyle.