According to Fightful and Fightful Select, Daniel Bryan’s WWE contract expired last week. It was speculated the last few days that Bryan’s contact was set to expire in September. It is not yet known if Bryan and WWE have agreed to a new contract at this time or if Bryan could show up in a rival promotion such as All Elite Wrestling. Bryan was ‘banished’ from WWE Smackdown this past week after losing a Universal title match to Roman Reigns. Did this new Daniel Bryan WWE contract just leak?
During a recent interview with TVLine Bryan addressed his contract status, claiming that his neck was ‘wrecked’ and could take some time off to heal before he returns to the ring. Credit to TVline for the transcript below.
It’s funny that people gravitate towards the date “September,” and I think it’s because that’s when my last contract ended, but it doesn’t end in September. [Note: Bryan was tight-lipped about when his contract actually runs out.] I’m still trying to figure out what that looks like… I had a tag team match on SmackDown last Friday, and it was a lot of fun, but my neck was just wrecked. I’m going to be 40 in May and my daughter likes to get on my shoulders to pick leaves from a Japanese maple in front of our house [and he couldn’t this time due to the pain]. You get to that point where it’s like, how long can I do this full-time and still be able to do those kinds of things with my daughter? What’s the right balance between part-time and that sort of thing? It may be that it’s just every once in a while when the urge strikes, or maybe like a schedule where it’s like eight months on, these months off.
This ‘bad’ Daniel Bryan demand was just recently revealed. Bryan continued: One of the coolest things about wrestling, and just be being an independent contractor in general, is that you can say, “Well, I really only want to do this amount of work.” What that amount of work is, I have no idea yet. I still have to figure it out. But I also need to be respectful of the people who are relying on me to go to work. I have to give them an answer sooner rather than later. I’m trying to figure that out, trying to be responsible as an employee of somebody who’s taken care of our family very well. But then also, trying to take the time to figure it out.