Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Daniel Bryan doesn’t want his wrestling career to be over. He pushed back against his retirement for months before announcing his wrestling career was over on WWE Raw, then accepted an assignment as general manager of Smackdown Live. But even since before his retirement, he’s been insinuating that he’ll leave WWE when his contract is up if that means he gets to wrestle elsewhere. Lately, he’s even said he’s planning on a return to the ring.
On a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio (as reported by WrestleZone), Dave Meltzer said that while Bryan is indeed training for a comeback, nothing is set in stone, and much of his decision will, of course, depend on how he feels when his contract is actually up next year.
Over the weekend, Bryan started teasing a 2018 comeback once again after Cody Rhodes captured the Ring of Honor World Championship — Cody’s first world title in any promotion. D-Bry expertly trolled wrestling fans by congratulating Rhodes and saying he would come after him in 2018 if Cody manages to match his own stint as ROH world champion, which ran to 462 days.
For his part, Rhodes took Bryan’s “challenge” as being all in good fun, but he’s more than up for the challenge if it actually comes to pass. As he told Sports Illustrated:
“I don’t think it was a challenge, just fun. Daniel Bryan remains one of my friends. Final Countdown would be a welcomed tune, even as a competitor. I have always looked up to Dan. It would be major, major box office for all involved.”
While many fans would love to see Daniel Bryan (or even Bryan Danielson) wrestle again, it’s possible a match against Cody Rhodes may not be too high on that old wishlist. But if a wrestling fan were so inclined, they could pop on down into the comments and tell us which Daniel Bryan comeback tour dream matches WOULD be on their wishlist.