As noted, Daniel Bryan made the media rounds last week to hype his return to WWE TV on Smackdown Live this week, and in particular Bryan spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard. During the interview, Bryan was asked about a potential return to the ring in WWE, and Bryan offered the following response:
“I’m working on it. Wrestling is more of a creative outlet, and especially for somebody like me, I view it as my creative outlet. Not all WWE superstars and not all wrestlers view it that way, but that’s how I view it and that’s one of the ways my mind works creatively.”
Bryan’s response has prompted speculation that he might be planning some kind of a return to the ring, either in or out of WWE, but on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, host Dave Meltzer had the following to say on the possibility of Bryan returning to the ring in WWE:
“I don’t think it’s 100%. It wasn’t 100% as of a couple months ago. He had some tests done in April, and I don’t know how the tests went, maybe that encouraged him, based on that. But, from what I gather…we know he wants to wrestle, the question is when that day comes, when the contract is up, which is a little over a year from now, where’s he gonna be? How’s he gonna feel?”
Meltzer went on to speculate that if Bryan does wrestle again, it likely will not be for WWE, but Meltzer also speculated that the current concussion lawsuit against WWE might play a large role in Bryan’s in-ring future in the company.
“I don’t see Vince [McMahon] going against [Dr. Joseph] Maroon. As long as Maroon is there, I don’t see Maroon changing his tune on this. It’s possible he will, but I don’t think so, and if he doesn’t I don’t see Vince…for Vince to go against the advice of his lead doctor, that would be disastrous, potentially.”
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