Daniel Bryan will have to leave SmackDown, for the first time since July 2016 when he became General Manager. Since then he has held any role there, from that of underdog hunting for redemption to that of a bad champion, obsessed with the environment, from the object of the heavy attacks of Owens & Zayn to attacking Roman Reigns.
A long story that ended with the defeat on Friday night: by stipulation, in fact, the Yes Man will have to leave the show. But the figure of him still appeals to many, even in WWE. Daniel Bryan has been involved in some big challenges in recent months, and in his last appearance on Friday Night SmackDown this week, he took on Roman Reigns for the last time for the WWE Universal Championship.
Under the match stipulation, Bryan would be banned from SmackDown if he lost, and that's exactly how it went. It was in fact Roman Reigns who picked up the victory, after having made Daniel Bryan surrender with his patented Guillotine.
Reigns then hit Bryan with a Con-chair-to to close the show and send Bryan to pack.
Daniel Bryan's WWE contract expires soon
Now that Daniel Bryan is no longer a member of the SmackDown roster, there has been a lot of talk about where (and if) he could pursue his career.
In this regard, the rumors are going crazy on the subject, there are many fans who insist on wanting to see the former WWE champion join the NXT brand, and return to that show of which he was among the most appreciated protagonists in the very first edition (when it was just a kind of "reality show" made in WWE).
And an invitation, in this sense, also comes from one of the current protagonists of the yellow and black show. Whether Bryan will actually end up at NXT remains to be seen, the fact is that current NXT North American Champion, Johnny Gargano, has already shown his full interest in challenging the American Dragon in case his arrival on the show is possible.
Here is his tweet on the issue, which highlights how much time has passed since the two competed in independent territories. Daniel Bryan believes that being an independent contractor in the wrestling business gives him the right to decide his workload each year.
That's something we're sure that if WWE doesn't agree with, another company out there will. "One of the coolest things about wrestling, and just being an independent contractor in general, is that you can say, 'Well, I really only want to do this amount of work,'" Bryan added.
"What that amount of work is, I have no idea yet. I still have to figure it out. But I also need to be respectful of the people who are relying on me to go to work. I have to give them an answer sooner rather than later. I’m trying to figure that out, trying to be responsible as an employee of somebody who’s taken care of our family very well. But then also, trying to take the time to figure it out."