Daniel Bryan has returned to WWE through the season premiere of SmackDown on FOX. Later, he appeared on an edition of Talking Smack to discuss the comeback on TV to give some news that may not sound pleasing to most of his fans. Of his words are to believe then he might no longer the workhorse, he used to be.
Daniel Bryan returned to WWE TV for the first time since losing the Intercontinental Championship to AJ Styles in June. While noting on the same, he admitted to having “lesser spring in his step.” Apparently, he is no longer the super performer he once was, due to his growing age and he didn’t back down from accepting it.
“I am at a point now, in my life and career, where I want to test myself against the best performers in WWE,” said Daniel Bryan. “Whether that’s against people I haven’t faced yet, and even people I have faced since we’ve all evolved.”
“I noticeably have lesser spring in my step as the match goes on, something I realized during my match against AJ Styles.”
Daniel Bryan Teases Retirement From WWE
The former WWE Champion revealed that he’s no longer able to jump higher as much expected despite “training his butt off” while preparing for his matches. He also brought AJ Styles into the conversation as he shows greater agility than Daniel Bryan, all the time even after being older than him.
“I never had a problem with endurance before. [Although] I still don’t get tired but later in a match, I can’t jump as high anymore, and AJ still can.
“And its funny because he’s older than me. How is this fair? I train my butt off,” joked Bryan. (Quotes courtesy Wrestling Inc)
It’s being assumed that Daniel Bryan was not very much close to his usual regime for the last few months as he was busy playing the role of a father. He and his wife, also a former WWE Superstar, Brie Bella, gave birth to their second baby, a boy, Buddy Danielson. Perhaps ring rust has caught him up but a veteran like him would easily overcome that.
On a contrary note, Daniel Bryan has reportedly been on SmackDown’s writing team in recent months. He might not have plans to drag his WWE in-ring career for a long time but to evolve in the WWE in other ways when he loses his usual athleticism. For now, Bryan could be involved in a new rivalry with Seth Rollins, who moved to SmackDown from Raw, for the first time since the WWE Draft.