Daniel Bryan's said to be very close to signing a contract with All Elite Wrestling, according to rumors that have been circulating relentlessly in recent days. CM Punk is expected to make the same move as his former colleague in WWE, having long since formed a deep bond with Tony Khan's company.
Despite the general excitement, there are also those who have some doubts about Bryan's physical condition. The former world champion was in fact already forced to retire due to severe concussion problems, so much so that his return to the ring was considered a miracle.
During the latest edition of 'Writing with Russo' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo analyzed how AEW is not the ideal destination for a veteran like Daniel. To illustrate the concept, Russo recalled Sting's serious neck injury during his match against Seth Rollins in 2015.
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"It was no coincidence that Sting's injury in the match against Seth Rollins a few years ago. Sting was aware that - at his age - he was no longer able to do certain things and that it wasn't a good idea at all.
However, having just arrived in WWE, he felt compelled to prove something. Nobody around him thought it was not a good idea to take risks at 50. The same thing could happen with Daniel Bryan. The thoughts of AEW executives will be directed to Dave Meltzer's meetings and four stars, not to the health of the leader of the 'Yes Movement'
Daniel will not want to back down and will run the risk of getting seriously injured,” said Russo. The 40-year-old from Aberdeen has established himself as one of the leading wrestlers of his generation, having held the WWE Championship four times and even the heavyweight title once.
He was also the 15th athlete in history to complete the Grand Slam with the new format. WWE wouldn't have any reason to pay royalties to those who are no longer with the company. As a result, it's easy to see why Daniel Bryan and several former Superstars have been removed from the project.
"I’m not sure if it’s the video game or what it is but one of these projects that involves obviously the wrestlers in WWE, they were alerted today that this person, this person, this person, this person, this person no longer with WWE and one of the people they mentioned was Daniel Bryan," said Alvarez.