Update: Daniel Bryan Officially Stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship; Complete Story & Update on the Title Picture

Mike Killam

daniel bryan returns to rawIn breaking wrestling news, Daniel Bryan has been officially stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

The behind-the-scenes story has been developing since Bryan suffered an injury to an already aggravated neck, and was forced to undergo surgery on May 15th. WWE officials were hopeful that the world champion would return to action in time for the Money in the Bank PPV – after sitting on the bench for last month's Payback PPV – but it was reported earlier today that Bryan and the WWE received bad news from doctors, and will not be cleared to wrestle in the coming weeks. 

As far as the on-screen story goes, Bryan was attacked by Kane several times, including a very physical match at Extreme Rules, in order to play off his injury on television. Stephanie McMahon announced last week that either Bryan would defend the title in a Stretcher Match at this month's PPV, or he would be forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the title would be up for grabs in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match. 

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon kicked off Monday Night Raw tonight, announcing what we already knew – Daniel Bryan is unable to compete, and therefor cannot defend the title – prior to officially stripping him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. 

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