The following was reported by PWInsider:
“WWE officials were hoping to get Daniel Bryan back in the ring this month and have him defend the Intercontinental Title against King Barrett this Sunday at the Payback pay-per-view but as noted, they got MRI results back on May 8th and it was determined that Bryan would not be able to return any time soon, if ever again.
The situation has brought a lot of frustration within WWE. WWE officials want what’s best for Bryan but they obviously want him working for the company and want him on TV as they have a DVD and other products coming out that need to be promoted. There has been some talk that Bryan is now so injury-prone that maybe they could best use him in a non-wrestling position.
Since Monday’s RAW where he dropped the Intercontinental Title, the talk has been that Bryan is trying to figure out a way to get cleared. There’s been no word yet if Bryan will be getting the surgery that he was so reluctant to get before but people are wondering if that’s an option. Needless to say, a lot of people in the company really feel bad for Bryan right now.”