Fans of Daniel Bryan must be wondering why the main-event caliber superstar is no more used in a compact way. As per the latest update, the SmackDown superstar is soon looking to become a part-time wrestler and henceforth, WWE can’t involve him in big-time storylines from hereon. He will soon become a dad that needs him to be away from being the road for sometimes.
Daniel Bryan recently appeared on the official podcast of 2020 WWE Hall of Famers The Bella Twins hosted by his wife Brie Bella and her twin sister, Nikki Bella. As heard on the show, WWE will be giving him 6 weeks off for paternity leave in a few months. Brie is currently 20 weeks due with their second child.
“WWE has been great, they’re going to give me 6 weeks of maternity leave,” Daniel Bryan said. “Which so few places in the United States do that. So, I’ll get to be home that first 6 weeks, but after that it’s not long until my contract is up.”
Additionally, the former WWE Champion mentioned that his contract with WWE is going to be up later this year. He has signed a new deal back in 2018 which reportedly runs through the 2020 fall. Once that gets over, we probably won’t see one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all-time to perform on a full-time schedule,
“We’ve been talking about what we do from there, but to me, in my mind, it’s almost… I think I’m just done being a full-time wrestler. You know what I mean?”
Brie Bella then added her husband has found a new passion in life and that’s being a dad. In order to do that, he has to compromise with what he loves the most and that’s wrestling inside the squared circle. Bryan could not agree more to this proposition and intended to have matches in once or twice in a month,
“And that’s the thing – I love being a dad. I will always love wrestling. I will always love wrestling,” Bryan said, adding the emphasis. “And I will always want to do wrestling, but when I say ‘always want to do wrestling’ that means maybe once a month, or once every couple of months.”
There’s no update yet on future talks between WWE and Daniel Bryan about his future in the company. There should be more updates on this as the 6 weeks of maternity leave comes closer. It is likely to see him written out of the storylines until he’s brought back. Most probably, Bryan will be off from the road during the 2020 summer.
Daniel Bryan was forced to retire from in-ring competition back in early 2016 due to a neck concussion. Two years later, WWE cleared him to wrestle on March 20, 2018. He returned to the ring at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018, to compete in his first match since April 14, 2015. Bryan and Shane McMahon teamed up to defeat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on that night. Since then, Bryan has been an active member of the SmackDown roster.