Daniel Bryan knows what it’s like to have his pro wrestling career taken away from him.
He was forced to retire due to a history of several concussions in 2016. WWE doctors wouldn’t clear him despite his pushback and doing everything possible to get cleared. He even stated well before he was cleared that he would wrestle outside of WWE when his contract expired.
WWE has a history of not clearing talent for years and when the wrestlers get offers from other promotions, they're magically allowed to work again. Bryan, Edge, and Christian are just some of the names that this has happened to.
After being out of in-ring action for two years, he made his long-awaited return to the ring in April 2018. This is where he teamed up with Shane McMahon and battled Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in a tag team match at WrestleMania 34.
Fans shouldn’t expect Bryan to retire and leave the sport forever. He talked about this while doing an interview with Sports Illustrated. He noted that WrestleMania 37 could be his last, but knows there is a difference between saying this could be his last Mania compared to this being his last match.
“After being forced to retire, I never want to retire again. It will be interesting to see what happens with my career. I don’t know if I can do the full-time WWE schedule anymore.”
Bryan is looking to reduce his schedule to the point where he wants to be a part-time wrestler. He loves being a dad and his favorite thing is to wrestle. He noted that the only thing to keep him from wrestling is his kids. He knows it’s about finding a balance between his love for wrestling and being a great dad.
“It will probably be a work in progress until my contract is up in a couple years.”
Bryan will wrestle Roman Reigns for the Universal Title at Fastlane.