In an interview with Inside The Ropes’ Kenny McIntosh, Daniel Bryan talked about his desire to wrestle again. Bryan has said in previous interviews that he is feeling fine and that WWE’s concussion protocol is what is keeping him from wrestling right now. He doesn’t put heat on the company and understands that they are looking at things from a liability standpoint.
In the past, he has indicated that he could wrestle elsewhere when his WWE contract expires in 2018. He told McIntosh, “so it all depends on how I feel my health is, and how my wife feels my health is. If we feel like my health is good, I love to wrestle and I’m gonna go wrestle.” He continued, “there’s good reason to believe that I should be able to wrestle so we’ll see in a year-and-a-half what happens.” It should be noted that his concussion issues date back to his early years in the business. The April 17, 2000 Wrestling Observer newsletter has a line on Bryan (then known as “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson) training at Shawn Michaels’ TWA Academy in San Antonio, TX. He suffered three concussions and a separated shoulder during his first three months as a wrestler.
It wasn’t mentioned in the interview but one of Bryan’s bucket list goals is to wrestle in Mexico’s CMLL promotion and do a hair vs. mask match on an anniversary show. When his contractually available, he would likely get top money offers from New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling and UK promotions.
Bryan also talked about the unscripted nature of Talking Smack and his interaction with The Miz. Some of the stuff said back and forth between them has been genuine. Bryan really does believe that he is a better wrestler than Miz but Miz is a better talker.
The interview, which took place during WrestleMania weekend, can be seen below: