FEARS are mounting for Daniel Bryan as the WWE superstar remains absent from SmackDown Live.
The 37-year-old was not present backstage for last night’s taping for the blue brand, according to PW Insider.
And he has remained silent on social media since losing the WWE Title to Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 35 on April 7.
Reports emerged a week ago that Bryan is suffering with a “closely guarded” injury.
He was flown home back to Washington after ‘Mania due to suffering the blow in his epic showdown with Kingston.
WWE have kept him off the road ever since and he has also been pulled from live events this weekend.
Now wrestling fans are fearing the worst due to the secrecy surrounding his absence and his history of concussion issues that forced him to miss two years of his career.
Bryan announced his retirement from the ring in February 2016 on medical advice after suffering a number of concussions.
The determined grappler refused to give in, and after a long fight to prove his health, he was cleared at the start of last year to return.
He partnered Shane McMahon in a triumphant comeback against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 34 in April and went on to end the year in glory.
In November he turned heel by low blowing AJ Styles on his way to claiming the WWE Title.
He successfully defended the belt against the Phenomenal One in a rematch, Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali in a triple threat and emerged victorious at the Elimination Chamber in March before his WrestleMania bout with Kingston.
The star, real name Bryan Danielson, married fellow WWE wrestler Brie Bella in April 2016.
The couple were celebrating in May 2017 when Brie gave birth to their first child, a baby girl they named Birdie.
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