It’s been no secret for a very long time that Daniel Bryan — current Smackdown Live general manager, all-time wrestling great, and former champion of everything — wants nothing in life more than to make a return to in-ring action someday. He’s been campaigning for a comeback since well before he announced his retirement, and in the past year, he’s only fanned the flames of speculation about what’s going to happen in the next year and a half.
During some fairly infamous comments on Talking Smack (RIP) — and in many interviews since — Bryan suggested that when his WWE contract is up, he will peace out and go anywhere else that will let him wrestle if WWE still refuses to clear him to get back in the ring.
The man formerly known as Bryan Danielson was synonymous with the Ring of Honor promotion for a good long while. And although many (perhaps most) of the people who used to be in charge of ROH back when Bryan was there have moved on (some to WWE), Ring of Honor is happy to throw its hat into the ring for the Bryan Danielson sweepstakes. Already.
In a new interview with Fansided, ROH COO Joe Koff commented on a potential Danielson free agency.
“Well I don’t think it’s any secret, and all the previous ROH wrestlers know, that they are always welcome back in Ring of Honor. This is their home, so to speak,” Koff noted. “We never chided anybody for leaving for what they thought were greener pastures. And look, a lot of them have succeeded on a far greater platform than we could have provided them at the time.
“So if Bryan Danielson would love to come back, I didn’t work with him personally while he was here, but I would personally welcome him back.”
If Bryan does indeed leave WWE when his contract expires, there will be no shortage of promotions angling for him. In fact, if there’s a promotion in the world that DOESN’T try to book him, you should look at that promotion with utmost suspicion. But ROH is already ready to welcome him back into the fold, and our brains are already hard at work booking potential dream matches.