On February 8, 2016, at the age of thirty-four, Daniel Bryan went on to announce his retirement from wrestling, which was fought due to multiple concussions and an injury to the temporal-occipital area of the brain. However, on March 20, 2018 he was declared eligible by WWE doctors to return to fight and in November of the same year he conquered the WWE Championship for the fourth time after more than four years.
After the Royal Rumble, Bryan began a rivalry with Drew Gulak, who claimed to have "found holes in Bryan's game" This lead to a match being made for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on March 8, which Bryan won.
Speaking on The Bella Twins’ podcast, Bryan explained the difference in wardrobe malfunctions between genders: “Well so, it’s really interesting. Because that’s the reaction that women have [being embarrassed for the person].
And I think it’s because whenever it happens to women, it gets overly s**ualized, right? And then so it’s like, ‘Ooh, I saw this’ or whatever like that … I think that’s the difference, is because people s**ualize it for you guys.
Whereas for me — and I wish it wsn’t this way, but it’s just like a ball-out. Nobody’s like, ‘Oh, I wan’t to see some pictures of balls.' ”