Ryback Admits He Thought Daniel Bryan Might Wrestle Elsewhere, But Never WWE Again

During a recent episode of his Conversation With The Big Guy podcast, former WWE Superstar Ryback (The Big Guy) spoke at length about Daniel Bryan getting medically cleared to return to the ring at tonight's WrestleMania 34 pay-per-view, where he teams up with Shane McMahon to take on the team of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

As Ryback spoke about the situation, he admitted that he never thought the day would come where WWE doctors would medically clear the SmackDown Live General Manager to return to in-ring competition.

"I didn't think that was going to happen. I kind of thought he was done in WWE, and if his contract expired he was going to wrestle elsewhere. Based on how long this has been, in his mind he was well for a long time, but when I found out what he had to do as far as challenging Dr Joseph Maroon, which I am all for that because he didn't accept no. I think that is a great example for the world," Ryback said. "I think, when we don't like something that will turn around overnight, but if you work hard enough and you keep a positive mindset and you are grateful, keyword for that whole promo was 'grateful,' which I am really happy he said that. Good things can happen to good people and he is a prime example of that."

Additionally, The Big Guy spoke about seeing Bryan recently and how he could tell how tough it was on him not to be able to do what he loves any longer.

"I remember when I saw him at Rusev's wedding last year, I don't know if he was GM then, but he was doing a TV role only, and I can just see like it was really tough for him, because to go to TV and be around other wrestlers, when you know you can do it but to be told that you can't do it, it was frustrating for him I'm sure, so as you saw on SmackDown, I thought he looked great. It doesn't look like he missed a beat. They could have probably eased him in a little, I thought a beatdown would have been more sufficient," Ryback said. "The YES! Kicks got more of a reaction than anything, and then seeing him do the running dropkicks in the corner, which he took some nasty falls again and he is in street clothes, but again, Daniel Bryan knows only one speed and that is what the people love about him. He is that underdog where he is going to scratch and claw. He is a gritty, old soul in the ring. He looked great. I thought that the powerbomb to the apron, it's like, well, I guess they are going to find out how good his brain is. I thought a powerbomb in the middle of the ring would have been more sufficient since it is a finish, but I am very happy for him. I think everybody is."

Check out the complete episode of Conversation With The Big Guy podcast at Podbay.fm.