WWE.com broke the news a few moments ago and the internet is breaking as we speak.
Two years ago, D-Bry was fored to retire from in-ring competition wrestling for medical reasons. He would become the Smackdown GM later that year. At first, there was speculation that WWE just would not clear him to wrestle. D-Bry got a second opinion that backed up WWE’s findings, putting to rest hopes that he would leave for another promotion that would allow him to compete.
Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH) boldly stated their confidence they could sign D-Bry after his contract with WWE expires later this year. This threat is likely why D-Bry had likely been getting set up for a Heel turn with the “Yep” movement angle involving Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on Smackdown.
…Well, plans change as they say. This would also explain D-Bry’s recent on-air absences from Smackdown. We already know aside from not being medically cleared, D-Bry stayed in shape. The timing for Wrestlemania aside, WWE is not only rewarding his loyalty to the company under the circumstances but giving a giant middle finger to ROH, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and other promotions who marked their calendars for when D-Bry’s contract will expire.
It’s almost a given WWE offer him a very generous new contract. His wife Brie Bella, who participated in the Women’s Royal Rumble in January (along with her twin sister Nikki) has been tight-lipped about her return to the main roster. She gave birth to their daughter last year and proved to herself she’s still got it in January. I can’t help but assume she held off making her return until her husband was cleared to return to the ring.
Given D-Bry is scheduled to return on tonight’s episode of Smackdown, it will be interesting to see what his plans are given the news he can now wrestle. If WWE is smart, they’ll tie in his in-ring return with D-Bry’s. Kurt Angle will be teaming with Ronda Rousey to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a mixed match at Wrestlemania 34. A Smackdown equivalent would probably be the “safe” route: Dy-Bry and Brie Bella vs. a mixed team. The problem is the female participant would have to be pulled from the Wrestlemana Women’s Battle Royale. Preferably someone who would mesh well wth a male Superstar as her partner.
The only pairs who come to mind also happen to be couples themselves: Naomi and Jimmy Uso as well as Rusev and Lana (I excluded Mike and Maria Kanellis, who are also on the Smackdown roster because the latter is pregnant and due soon). I really like Jimmy and Naomi vs. D-Bry/Brie but since the Usos are the current Tag Team Champions it would be Rusev and Lana by default. The alternative is making a team ala Mixed Match Challenge from the current roster and you can’t do that on the spot without building the match with random pairings.
…An alternative is to change one of the matches on the card from a singles match to a tag match and I think it would work with little buildup. I’m talking changing the match involving Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WM34 to a tag team match involving D-Bry and Shane vs. KO and Zayn. We will get some hints on how his in-ring return will be handled tonight on Smackdown and thankfully, the there’s no way it can be screwed up. LOL.
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