[Report] Daniel Bryan & WWE Have Had “Open Communication”
Daniel Bryan has been a free agent for nearly two weeks now, and he hasn’t made a decision on his wrestling future.
Bryan’s WWE contract expired after his match with Roman Reigns on the Apr. 30 episode of SmackDown 12 days ago. It’s early, but the signs point to the 39-year-old staying with WWE.
According to Ringside News, Bryan and WWE have had “open communication” regarding a new contract. It was also noted that there isn’t a “rush from either side” to get it done.
It also sounds like Vince McMahon and WWE officials are optimistic about Bryan returning to the company.
After losing Universal Championship matches to Reigns at Elimination Chamber, Fastlane and WrestleMania 37 (in a triple threat match that also involved Edge), Bryan was granted one final chance to beat him on SmackDown.
Reigns emerged victorious, and per the match stipulation, Bryan was banished from SmackDown. So if he does return to WWE in the near future, he’ll likely move to Monday Night Raw or possibly even NXT.
On last week’s episode of SmackDown, Paul Heyman led a 10-bell salute for Bryan. He reportedly went off-script for that segment.
Reigns is scheduled to defend the Universal Championship against Cesaro at this Sunday’s WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view. The latter vowed to get payback for Bryan following his loss on SmackDown two weeks ago.
Looks Like He’s Staying
Bryan has talked about wanting to cut back on his working schedule in order to spend more time with his family. It’s safe to guess that WWE will happily grant it, assuming he signs a new contract.
At this time, it’s hard to envision Bryan leaving the WWE. Several reports have stated that he’s likely to stay, and Bryan has never hinted at wanting tothe company. He can easily transition to a part-time schedule. He will always be a marquee fan favorite and main event draw.