In a recent interview with BT Sport, former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan has revealed his contract is soon due to expire.
Following his appearance in the WrestleMania 37 main event with Edge and Roman Reigns, Bryan has said that his current agreement is due to expire in the near future and he will transition into a part-time role in order to spend more time with his two young children and his wife Brie Bella.
When talking about his experience at WrestleMania, Bryan told BT that it was a feeling unlike anything he has experienced previously and it might be a sign he is ready to transition in his life. He said:
“It was really bizarre. Just really, really bizarre… It’s taken me, it’s been nine days now since it happened, and it’s taken me time to fully process what the experience was like because it wasn’t like a normal thing. It was really weird. I felt very – like out of body in it. It was so weird.
When I’m wrestling, I feel everything and I feel like I’m really enjoying it. Like I’m out there and I’m like ‘Gosh,’ having fun. This was weird, I was out there and it was almost like I felt like I was detached. And I was out there, and it was so strange, in fact, that before the match started, I got this really weird feeling, I was like, ‘Oh no, is this what it’s like right before you die? Am I going to die? [laughs] I mean. huh, well, okay.’ I was like, if that happens it happens. [laughs]. It was just a really bizarre feeling. I don’t know why or how that happened, but it was unlike pretty much anything I’ve felt while wrestling before.
I’m not a big believer in signs – most people think of me as like this hippie-dippie kind of thing because I’m an environmentalist, but I’m really not. I really love science and reality-based things. So it was interesting, it was like maybe it’s a sign that this is the time to let go of being a full-time wrestler, which is kind of what I’ve been thinking for a while.
My contract’s actually up relatively soon, so I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life.”
Past reports suggested that Bryan signed a new contract in August 2018, not only after his return to in-ring action at WrestleMania that year. If that is accurate, that would suggest his current deal would be running out after SummerSlam 2021.
Bryan has spoken before about his desire to spend more time with his children in their formative years so scaling back further on his in ring activities would likely come as no surprise to either the company or fans.