Daniel Bryan has done everything there is to do in the pro wrestling industry and he has competed for a number of top pro wrestling promotions such as ROH and WWE. Bryan first signed with WWE in 2009 and then made his WWE return in 2010 after briefly being released. Daniel Bryan last competed for the WWE during an episode of SmackDown this past April, when he lost to Roman Reigns in a WWE Universal Title Match as the stipulation stated that if Bryan lost, then he will be banned from WWE SmackDown.
It would then be reported that Daniel Bryan’s contract with the WWE has expired and that they have no plans of having him return to the company. He was reportedly also not in the discussion of the people listed for merchandising, licensing and future action figure releases by Mattel.
According to Cassidy Haynes of BodySlam.net, Daniel Bryan has signed with All Elite Wrestling, with a source saying that he is “100% locked in.” The report also stated that Bryan has been wanting to work a more relaxed and reduced schedule for the same amount of money he was making in WWE and that he was also looking to have some creative input on his character and the opportunity to work in Japan, which were reportedly met.
Bryan’s AEW debut is reportedly set to happen on the September 22nd Grand Slam episode of Dynamite in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. It was then mentioned that Bryan’s debut was being saved for that show, so that the company can wrap up their plans heading into the All Out PPV, but that the plans can also change and Bryan’s AEW debut can be moved depending on AEW’s talks with CM Punk.
WWE reportedly had talks with NJPW for a possibly working relationship, which was done to allow Bryan to work for both promotions, but Daniel Bryan’s WWE contract has expired and it seems that WWE has no interest in bringing him back. Ever since Daniel Bryan became a free agent, he hasn’t made any public statement. More updates will be provided once it it made available.