Amid rumors that a handful of disgruntled WWE superstars could opt to leave for AEW -- rather than sign a new contract -- there's at least one major talent that won't be departing any time soon.
WWE Champion Daniel Bryan signed a new deal with the WWE late in 2018, ending any speculation that he would leave for another promotion. On a recent episode of Total Bellas (h/t H Jenkins of Ringside News), Bryan revealed that his current contract (guaranteed) carries a three-year term.
So WWE fans can relax on that matter, knowing that one of the top main event superstars is going nowhere. The current WWE Champion is in the midst of an excellent "New Daniel Bryan" heel run, and knowing that he's going nowhere, WWE fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
It was rumored that if WWE didn't clear Bryan to wrestle by the time his contract expired, he would look to leave for another promotion - perhaps New Japan Pro-Wrestling or Ring of Honor. But he was given the green light to wrestle again, all but ensuring Bryan's services for the long run.
AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, The Usos plus Gallows & Anderson have contracts that are expiring soon. All signs point towards Styles re-upping, but it's unknown if the other superstars will sign new deals or look for better opportunities elsewhere.
WWE has already confirmed that Dean Ambrose will depart when his deal expires after WrestleMania 35. On top of that, Mike and Maria Kanellis and The Revival have reportedly requested to be released. Lana and Rusev also appear to be unhappy with their current roles in WWE.
On the bright side, Bryan is staying with the WWE for at least these next three years. Be it heel or babyface, Bryan is one of the most influential and accomplished superstars to ever come around. Having him here for at least 2021 is a big win for the WWE and its fans.
What This Means
Well, you can take Bryan off the list of superstars who could look to leave for AEW. Even if Bryan winds up going there in the future, it's still three years away. We've got plenty of more great matches and promos to see from Bryan in the WWE, so buckle up.