WWE: Daniel Bryan 'May Need To Slow Down In The Ring' Says Steve Austin
Stone Cold - who says his own career was cut short by neck problems - believes D-Bry should 'rely a little bit more on his gimmick'
Stone Cold Steve Austin thinks Daniel Bryan – pulled from the remainder of WWE’s European tour following his appearance at the SmackDown taping in London earlier this week – may need to slow down his in-ring style “if his body is starting to short circuit on him”.
According to reports, the bearded superstar – who missed most of 2014 recovering from neck surgery – has returned to the US as a “precautionary measure” and there are fears the crowd darling may still be suffering after he avoided taking falls to the mat during his appearances in the UK.
Speaking on his Steve Austin Show Unleashed podcast, former six time champion Austin said he last caught up with Bryan in Denver, Colorado a few months ago and he had been in “real good spirits”.
Relating he had to change his own approach from more of a technical wrestling approach to a brawling style after sustaining his own devastating neck injury, Austin said: “Daniel can change his style and be more of a wrestler, but he has that mentality that he puts his body on the line in every single match and that’s what’s hard for me to see because the guy’s work is so hard.“
He continued: “Each neck injury might have some of the same symptoms, but they’re all very unique and specific to that individual.
“When you see some of the bumps he’s still taking, you scratch your head a little bit and say: ‘Man, this dude needs to shut it down a little bit, he needs to slow down.’
“Rely a little bit more on the gimmick rather than the work and a lot less contact and fewer bumps because you’ve worked so hard you can get away without taking all those crazy bumps.”
“When you see a guy that works as hard as he has, no-one deserves it more than Daniel Bryan so I hope everything works out good for him,” added Austin.