Recently Mike Johnson of Pwinsider had revealed that Daniel Bryan’s current WWE contract is expected to expire later this year and the date he has heard for it is 23rd September.
Since Bryan has previously said that if the company doesn’t clear him to wrestle by the time of WrestleMania then he’ll consider returning to the independent circuit once his contract expires.
However, even after this reveal a lot of fans were confused on whether or not Daniel will have to go through the standard non compete clause, which will push his possible in-ring return around the time of the starting of next year.
Although Dave Meltzer revealed on Twitter recently that Bryan will not have to serve this period, likely because he is not on an active talent contract with the company:
Yes if he does decide to leave when his contract expires there would not be a non-compete period https://t.co/DsPucPMvpV
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) March 16, 2018
Though considering his popularity, it’s likely that WWE will try to keep Bryan into the company by giving him a high paying contract even if they don’t clear him to wrestle inside their ring.