Daniel Bryan Reveals That His WWE Contract Doesn’t Run Up In September
Daniel Bryan’s future in the WWE is a key story to follow in the coming months.
The 39-year-old superstar recently revealed that his WWE contract will expire shortly, though he didn’t provide a timeline. Bryan has also expressed an interest in working for other wrestling companies.
During an interview with TV Line, Bryan sounded off on his WWE contract status. The only hint he would give was that his deal doesn’t run up in September.
“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,” Bryan said. “I’m still trying to figure out what that looks like.”
Bryan’s previous WWE contract ran up in Sept. 2018, so that may be why many speculated that the current deal was set to expire in four months.
Bryan competed against Roman Reigns in a Universal Championship match on last week’s episode of SmackDown. The stipulation was that if Reigns won the match, Bryan would be forced to leave the show.
Reigns managed to successfully defend his title, thus banishing Bryan from the show that he called home for the previous five years.
This was Bryan’s third Universal Championship match against Reigns. He lost to the latter at Fastlane and at WrestleMania 37 in a triple threat match that included Edge.
The assumption is that Bryan will move over to Monday Night Raw, although NXT shouldn’t be fully ruled out.
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If Bryan signs a new deal with the WWE, it’ll likely come with a reduced schedule. The soon-to-be 40-year-old has talked about wanting to cut back on wrestling in order to spend more time with his family.
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Bryan hopes to wrestle for other companies, but would WWE allow it? If that’s the condition for getting him to stay with the company, WWE should absolutely allow it.
The future Hall of Famer remains a major fan favorite, and replacing someone like Bryan is easier said than done. WWE shouldn’t have a problem accommodating his wish for a lighter working schedule. At the end of the day, it would be surprising if Bryan and WWE failed to reach an agreement on a new deal.