Daniel Bryan was able to reinvent himself as an athlete after being granted the qualification to return to fighting in 2018. The future of the former heavyweight champion remains uncertain, especially following the remedied defeat to Roman Reigns in April that cost him the place to SmackDown.
Sean Ross Sapp, a well-known correspondent for 'Fightful', reported last month that Bryan's contract with the Stamford-based federation would expire shortly after his match with 'The Tribal Chief' on the blue show.
WWE has occasionally made some references to Daniel on television and on social media since that meeting, but it is not yet clear if he will return to the ring in the near future. Meanwhile, Roman Reigns, Jey Uso and Paul Heyman mocked Bryan's 'exile' from SmackDown by ringing the bells in honor of the former WWE Champion.
Speaking with Dan Mirade for 'Boston Wrestling MWF', the father of 16-time world champion John Cena - namely John Cena Sr. - analyzed the plight of WrestleMania's two-time main-eventer in detail.
John Cena Sr. on Daniel Bryan
“I can't believe Daniel Bryan is leaving WWE like this,” began John Cena Sr.
“It takes at least one retirement match for a champion like that. I don't know exactly what, but this situation can't just go away. I am of the opinion that Bryan is done with wrestling, I have had this feeling for a while.
I believe Daniel has achieved everything he wanted along the way and he has a desire to devote himself to something else in life. His choice of him must be respected, if he deserves it for what he has done” - he added.
In recent weeks, rumors had leaked that Bryan might be involved in a partnership between NJPW and WWE. New Japan Pro Wrestling has collaborated with various American companies over the years. Many of their talents in fact appear at IMPACT Wrestling and AEW.
Suffice it to say that current AEW star Jon Moxley also holds the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship. Mark Henry has recently recalled how he “lied through his teeth” to improve Daniel Bryan’s chances of getting signed by WWE.
Although Henry never worked for the company in an official scouting role, he has been credited with recruiting several WWE Superstars in recent years. On one occasion, he reached out to a young Bryan Danielson (now known as Daniel Bryan) after watching him on an independent show in Canada.
Speaking on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast, Henry said he gave Bryan’s details to WWE executive John Laurinaitis.