Is WWE preparing for a possible Daniel Bryan departure?

Jul 6, 2018 - by Steve Gerweck

Take this as an unconfirmed rumor for now, but WWE is reportedly preparing for Daniel Bryan to leave the company when his contract expires. Wrestling Standard, which has broken a few stories in the past, reports that the company is trying to get the most out of Bryan by booking him in a succession of matches and angles that had been planned to take him through the year.

The site says that his matches with the likes of AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe, as well as the Team Hell No reunion, are being viewed as a “farewell tour” for Bryan. These would have been his feuds lasting through the end of the year but since the company does not yet know if he will sign a new contract, they are having these happen much quicker than they would have been.

According to the outlet’s sources, WWE’s current booking plans for Extreme Rules will see The Miz interfere in Team Hell No’s match with the Bludgeon Brothers, costing them the chance to win the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. This will lead into the long-awaited Miz vs. Daniel Bryan match at SummerSlam. Bryan has reportedly hired the same agency as John Cena to represent him in contract negotiations and is looking for the best deal possible.

(The Spotlight)

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3 Responses

  1. Rhys says:

    He’s not going anywhere and anyone who thinks he is is being worked.

  2. Bill says:

    Wrestling Standard is the same site that started the rumor that Mysterio has re-signed, and that’s already been debunked. Heck just the other day Bryan said in an interview that he wants a lighter schedule from WWE to spend time with his daughter. I doubt he would be asking for less time if he leaves in a few months. He isn’t going anywhere, this is just a case of WWE having no patience and will run through everything. It’s what they do, they run through exciting match ups as quickly. Its why Asuka and Sasha Banks had an unannounced match on a RAW a few months back. Instead of building it up a few weeks they just threw it out there.

  3. James says:

    I know he wanted to go to Mexico and try a Lucha Bet match. Plus, I’d like to see him return to NJPW(which would be like going full circle).

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