WWE has recently seen Matt Hardy and Dean Ambrose let their contracts expire and leave the company to join AEW, and now, another top name’s deal is nearing its end.
Former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan revealed during a recent appearance on The Bellas Podcast SEScoops that his contract expires soon:
“They’re [WWE] gonna give me six weeks paternity leave, which so few places in the United States do that. So I’ll get to be home that first six weeks. Then after that it’s not long until my contract is up. We’ve been talking about, like, what we do from there? But to me, in my mind, it’s almost like I think I’m just done being a full time wrestler.”
Bryan resigned with WWE back in september 2018 on a multi year deal after coming back from long term injury. According to Fightful Bryan’s current WWE deal will expires sometime around September 2020
While Bryan has previously said he’d like to wrestle until he’s 70 years old if he’s physically able to, his decision to re-sign with WWE two years reportedly was “not easy” as the belief is that Bryan was seriously considering leaving the company for the indies and the friendlier schedule that it offers.
Bryan noted that he simply does not want to do WWE’s gruelling schedule anymore, mainly due to his responsibilities as a father:
“You know what I mean like, I love being a dad. I will always love wrestling, right, I will always love wrestling. And I always want to do wrestling, but when I say always do wrestling that means like maybe once a month or once every couple of months.”
Bryan now finds himself in the ideal position to cash in with a lucrative deal to wrestle a part-time schedule, as WWE’s competition with All Elite Wrestling has made top stars like Bryan a top priority for both companies.