WWE fans have been enjoying SmackDown without Daniel Bryan for some time now and, if his banishment from the brand following his loss to Roman Reigns holds, they may have to do so for some time. Of course, fans have been worried about the wrestler's status ever since Bryan hinted his contract was reportedly close to expiring, and they were surprised by his absences from Monday Night Raw or other brands. Many are questioning whether the wrestler will return soon, and now we may have an answer.
The latest on Daniel Bryan's status with the WWE came from Wrestling Observer Live, in which Bryan Alvarez gave some information that may discourage those who thought Bryan would be back immediately. Read up on what's going on below and why some may not feel too confident about Bryan returning anytime soon:
If Daniel Bryan is being removed from video games or other WWE-related projects, that could be a sign that the wrestler is truly out of the organization for the time being. After all, if the WWE expected Bryan back in the immediate future, then it would make sense to have him implemented in whatever project being developed, especially a video game. Of course, it was mentioned not long after this that if Bryan were to return before that project was completed, the WWE would simply request he be re-included.
Perhaps the main takeaway here is that Daniel Bryan and the WWE seemingly haven't worked out the details of his new contract, provided the information reported is accurate. That's not to say that one won't happen, but this situation has certainly been a dose of reality for WWE fans who may have thought Bryan would merely jump onto Monday Night Raw following his loss to Roman Reigns.
The WWE has gone through quite a shakeup as of late, with several roster cuts -- including stars that some may have assumed were irreplaceable. With reported reasons for dismissals tied to budget constraints, Daniel Bryan would be another high-profile WWE star that could be dropped from the roster to help alleviate the company's pocketbook. Of course, the flip side is that it would be another high-profile wrestler that could possibly appear in AEW, so we'll just have to wait and see what the WWE decides to do.
Monday Night Raw airs on USA Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET, and SmackDown airs at the same time Fridays on Fox. For more on WWE, get pumped for the upcoming Money In The Bank pay-per-view by re-living some of the greatest moments of the past.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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