Daniel Bryan’s latest comments about getting cleared to compete for WWE seems awfully pessimistic.
SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan may have retired from the ring in 2016, but he’s worked extensively to return to the ring, looking for clearance from medical doctors.
Bryan recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, and appeared to give WWE an ultimatum regarding his future, both in the ring and with the company. The three-time WWE Champion gave this major update:
“I assume that if I don’t wrestle by WrestleMania, I probably won’t be wrestling with WWE at all. That’s my assumption. It’s not a black and white answer.
There are a lot of issues with me getting cleared by WWE. They have a very strict protocol, which is a good thing, but the timeline of all that happening was not the best for me. It’s an interesting situation that will develop.”
There has been plenty of speculation that Daniel Bryan will leave the WWE if they refuse to medically clear him and allow him to compete in the ring again.
It should be noted that Daniel Bryan originally asked WWE to release him so he could wrestle in Ring of Honor or New Japan Pro Wrestling, but they refused. Bryan then reluctantly retired, but clearly isn’t willing to stay down that path.
It’s been reported that Bryan’s contract expires this upcoming September, so Bryan will have the power to leave WWE and explore other options if he so chooses. Both Bryan and wife Brie Bella have said that doctors are pleased with his progress, and believe he can wrestle again.
For Bryan, a return to the ring would no doubt be one of the biggest stories in recent memory. He was the face of WWE before having to retire, and would easily be a major draw in a different promotion.
At this point, the only question seems to be who he will wrestle for, not “if” he will wrestle again. But according to Bryan, we should have an answer by WrestleMania.
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