Daniel Bryan was recently defeated in the match against Roman Reigns for the Universal title at SmackDown. Under the stipulation of the dispute, Daniel was forced to leave the blue roster permanently and his future in this business seems more uncertain than ever.
Subsequently, expert Sean Ross Sapp - a well-known correspondent for the Fightful portal - revealed that the contract that binds Bryan to the WWE has now expired, fueling the hypothesis of being able to see him fight elsewhere in the coming years.
On the other hand, the former heavyweight champion had repeatedly expressed a desire to spend more time with his family, especially after giving birth to two children along with Brie Bella. In a recent interview with Conrad Thompson, two-time Hall of Famer Ric Flair explained why Bryan should remain with the Stamford company despite some internal strife.
Ric Flair on Daniel Bryan's future
“Daniel Bryan has no other options, this is the truth” - Ric Flair began. “Rumor has it that he wants to spend more time at home with Brie and her kids, but for the moment it's just speculation.
We're talking about one of the nicest guys I've ever met in this industry and I'm sure he's not really going to leave WWE for real. I find it very hard to believe, I would be really surprised. It must be remembered that he and his entire family have a very strong bond with WWE.
On the other hand, I understand his desire to devote himself more consistently to his family and everything else, he is no longer a kid. Whatever he chooses to do, I can only wish him the best ”- added the 16-time world champion.
Among the insiders, many believe that the best option for Daniel would be a move to NXT. Not only would such a move further increase interest in the yellow show, but it would also allow Bryan to work with young talents such as Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole and Pete Dunne.
During an interview with BT Sport last year, Daniel Bryan stated that his days as a full-time wrestler are numbered. His focus now is on being a full-time father and a part-time performer. “I'm just kind of switching priorities in my life where for years wrestling has been kind of the key focus and all that kind of stuff," said Daniel Bryan.
"We're like, my contract is coming up soon and not to say that but we're looking at transitioning me to maybe less than a full-time wrestler. Like my time of being a full-time wrestler are numbered and I'm more going to be like a full-time dad, part-time wrestler. Wrestling is my side-job. Daddying is my most important job."