— Because it was unclear whether Daniel Bryan would get the final medical clearance from Dr. Maroon, WWE creatively had formulated backup plans for the Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon storyline.
— One of them was Shane getting a totally different partner and the other was a triple threat match with all three. Both scenarios would have likely seen Bryan as the special guest referee because the company had no problem with him refereeing a match while not cleared since he wouldn’t be taking any bumps.
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