Daniel Bryan did not win the Universal Title on SmackDown this week. Now he is barred from Friday Night SmackDown. His WWE contract is coming up very soon, and it is still very much up in the air.
While speaking with TV Line. Daniel Bryan addressed his contract status. He noted that many have reported that his contract is up in September, but it’s not up in September. In fact, he’s still trying to figure out what his WWE contract even looks like. He also acknowledged that he just had a tag team match that “wrecked” his neck.
“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. 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,” Bryan said.
We’ll have to see what Daniel Bryan decides to do with his career. He doesn’t want to retire from the ring, but WWE might not be able to provide him the kind of wrestling schedule that he wants. Things are up in the air right now, but he also knows that WWE isn’t the only company running.