Is Daniel Bryan Retired for Good After Being Forced to Leave WWE SmackDown?

Published 05/02/2021, 8:45 AM EDT


Daniel Bryan left WWE SmackDown this week after losing to Roman Reigns. Bryan gave it his all in the battle against the ‘Tribal Chief’ but still came up short. With him not being a part of the blue brand anymore, do we consider the ‘American Dragon’ to be retired?

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Daniel Bryan preparing for life after wrestling?

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The ‘Leader of the Yes! Movement’ left the ‘Land of Opportunity’ this week. Many reports and speculations doing rounds suggest Bryan would jump ship to WWE’s black and gold brand, NXT.

But what if he wants to retire or semi-retire? Bryan has stated in the past that it hurts him that he is not being there with his kids while they’re growing up.

Daniel Bryan has been wrestling constantly since returning from retirement in 2018. He took only one hiatus, that too for a month or so last year when his son was born.

Except that, Bryan has been there for the blue brand week in and week out. Even if not on the screen, he’s playing a hand in behind-the-scenes activities.

We believe Bryan is not retiring but is rather taking another short hiatus before popping up on either Raw or NXT. His WWE contract is up soon, and we’re pretty sure WWE would go all-in when it comes to making Bryan re-sign with them. However, we believe Bryan might choose a semi-retired wrestler contract if he does re-sign.

Bryan will turn 40 this month. And yes, 40 is a very unusual age for wrestlers to retire as they wrestle well into their mid-40s, and some even go past 50s!

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However, D-Bry is no ‘other’ wrestler. He’s been wrestling non-stop since 1999 and was forced to retire following a career-threatening concussions in 2016.

Although Bryan made a full recovery and returned to the ring, it’s highly unlikely he would continue to do so for a lot of years. So, to sum it up, Daniel Bryan is not retiring after his loss on SmackDown, and we can all expect him to make a comeback sooner than later on Raw or NXT.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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