There comes a time in any career, but especially professional sports when the athlete suddenly feels like they’re going through the motions, and it may have happened to Daniel Bryan as he hints at retirement.
For months, Bryan’s been hinting that he wants to scale back from being a full time wrestler so he can spend more time with his family.
It’s pretty good timing considering there were reports that his wife, Brie Bella, was talking about possibly returning to the ring.
It would make sense if they’d do a trade off, but Bryan’s comments after his WrestleMania 37 match where he took part in the main event in a triple threat match with Edge and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.
Change of perspective
According to fightful.com, Bryan felt different as he headed to the ring for WrestleMania 37’s main event.
“It was really bizarre. It’s taken me time to fully process what the experience was like because it wasn’t like a normal thing. I felt very out of body in it. When I’m wrestling, I feel everything and feel like I’m enjoying it. This was weird, I was out there and it felt like I was detached. It was so strange that before the match started, I got this strange feeling like, ‘Oh no, is this what it’s like before you die? Am I going to die? Huh, well, okay.’ I don’t know why or how it happened, but it was unlike anything I’ve felt while wrestling.”
“I haven’t watched it back. I don’t know if watching it back would help figure out why I’m so detached. Maybe it was a sign that it’s time to let go of being a full-time wrestler. The odd detachment, I was like, ‘Woah.’ Like I said, I’m either gonna die [laughs] or maybe it’s a sign that this isn’t it and it isn’t the same type of fulfillment that it was before. I’ve been trying to meditate on it and talk to my friends that I’m close with like ‘what is that?’”
He added, “My contract is up relatively soon. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life.”
Daniel Bryan’s WWE contract ends in September 2021 and we’re curious where he’ll go afterwards.
He’s got a great wrestling mind and is reportedly on the creative team along with Edge. Add to that he and Edge were two thirds of one of the best matches we’ve seen in a while.
It’s feasible that he’ll remain with the WWE in a backstage role or eventually move onto AEW or another company when the itch to get to work returns.
Whether Daniel Bryan hints at retirement or goes all in, we wish him the best and our deepest thanks for giving us his all for all of these years.
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