Whether he's hinting at leaving the company or hoping for a return to the ring with the WWE, Daniel Bryan clearly wants to wrestle. He's made no bones about the fact that he actively tried to convince WWE he as medically alright when he clearly wasn't, and Vince McMahon and company took a safer approach removing him from in-ring competition and making him SmackDown Live's general manager.
Bryan admitted that he's had trouble sometimes coping with not being able to perform in the ring. As such, it's not a surprise to hear that he's actively and presently trying to get medical clearance for a return to the ring right away. He recently revealed to The Trentonian that he's going through the process to try to get cleared for an in-ring return.
There were signs that perhaps Bryan was inching closer to an in-ring return when he was part of a segment on Raw that saw him attacked by Kane and chokeslammed. While there was not actual eye-witness account of him taking a bump, it was the first time since 2015 that Bryan was even considered ready for an altercation with another wrestler.
Bryan has been taking a variety of tests to reduce his concussion symptoms and has claimed to be healthier than he's been in an extremely long time, with the tests producing some wonderful results. Still, he understands the WWE trepidation and while his hopes are high, knows nothing is guaranteed.
He said during the interview, "I'm trying to get cleared as we speak. All my tests have come back fantastic, better than people who have never had any concussion-type stuff. But it's a weird thing. We're in a weird situation politically with the climate around concussions; right now, it's very difficult..."
The reality is, Bryan's return is more than physically being able to withstand the bumps and potential issues that come with being an in-ring performer. WWE is a huge business that has to look out for insurance, stockholder, and other issues as well as the well-being of the company.
Bryan's comments will be taken in many ways. Either he's close to returning to the WWE and just needs the "corporate ok" or he's ready to roll in a company that doesn't have the same roadblocks WWE does.