Backstage Update On Daniel Bryan’s WWE Status
Daniel Bryan hasn’t appeared on WWE programming in more than two months, and it doesn’t sound like a return is imminent.
Bryan lost a Universal Championship match to Roman Reigns on the Apr. 30 episode of Friday Night SmackDown. Per the match stipulation, Bryan was “banished” from SmackDown following the loss. His WWE contract expired soon after, and Bryan remains a free agent.
Dave Meltzer provided some details on Bryan’s situation in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Meltzer pointed out that Bryan’s name has been mentioned on WWE programming recently, but it reportedly heard “isn’t an indication he’s coming back.” Meltzer added that WWE is using Bryan’s name as a way to build up the Roman Reigns-Edge storyline.
Regarding Bryan’s WWE status? Meltzer wrote that “Nobody really knows what he’s doing past if he’s made a secret deal with any company, they are keeping it a secret until doing a dramatic reveal when they want to.” So, it’s really anybody’s guess when we’ll learn of Bryan’s next move, and weather it’ll be re-signing with WWE or joining a different promotion.
Bryan, Edge and Reigns competed for the Universal Championship in the main event for day two of WrestleMania 37. The three superstars put on a thrilling match, and it ended with Reigns pinning both superstars simultaneously to retain his championship.
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Reigns and Edge will face off one-on-one for the title at Money in the Bank in nine days. It’s widely believed that the former will then face John Cena in the main event of SummerSlam 2021 on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Could Daniel Bryan Actually Leave WWE?
The former WWE Champion and future Hall of Famer recently admitted that he’s interested in wrestling for other companies. His WWE contract expired over two months ago, and the two sides have yet to reach an agreement.
Bryan doesn’t have anything else to accomplish in WWE, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him join another promotion. But would WWE re-sign Bryan and let him wrestle in other companies? The possibility shouldn’t be ruled out.