Daniel Bryan realizes that his days as a full-time Superstar might be coming to a close in a couple of years. He has spoken about that in the past. That doesn’t mean he will hang up his wrestling boots entirely.
Solo Wrestling recently spoke to the former WWE Champion. Daniel Bryan discussed his retirement plans and how he doesn’t plan on ever really staying “retired.” He wants to wrestle until he’s old, but those dates will obviously not involve a full-time schedule to accomplish that.
“I’m still a full-time wrestler right now, but I don’t think I’ll be a full-time wrestler much longer. I don’t think I’ll be a full time wrestler for that much longer.”
“I never even envisioned the idea of retiring. Like, I want to wrestle until I’m old, and when I say old, I mean really old. I love wrestling. Like, sometimes I’m inspired by, I don’t wanna say sometimes, a lot of times I’m inspired by people like Jerry Lawler and Terry Funk and even some like European wrestlers like Johnny Saint who will still go out there and wrestle say in their sixties, maybe even seventies. Not because they need the money or not because of this or that. They do it because they love doing it, right?”
“Obviously, when you get older your style has to change. Like, when I’m 50, I won’t be able to wrestle like I do right now and right now I can’t wrestle like I did when I was twenty-five, right? So, you have to change and evolve.”
“I still have this deep down passion for this, like it’s hard for me to accept this idea of ‘I’m never gonna do that again.’ WHY?! WHY?! Even if it’s a VFW Hall with seventy-five people I’d go out there and do it for fun. It’s something that I really love. So, the idea of a full-time retirement is something that is completely boring to me.”
Daniel Bryan loves all aspects of the pro wrestling business. He is working hard as a writer on the SmackDown brand and learning as much as he can about the production process in the meantime. This could benefit him in big ways as he plans to make a transition into a backstage role. That doesn’t mean he will never wrestle again. Now the biggest question if he will wrestle until he’s in his 70’s like Terry Funk.
Transcription by Ringside News