Daniel Bryan had to wave goodbye to professional wrestling after the WWE refused to clear him following multiple concussions.
He now works for the company as the general manager of SmackDown Live. and his contract with the company runs until 2018.
At that point, Bryan will be 37-years-old and time will not be on his side if he wants to try something new.
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Ironically enough, CM Punk is currently 37 and was just soundly beaten in his UFC by Mickey Gall.
While many critics have revelled in Punk's defeat, Bryan told The Philly Voice that he believed just getting into the octagon was a victory for Punk.
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“I did watch the fight. Punk and I have never been best friends or anything like that. I don’t even think I have his number in my phone, but I really support him in that fight. I was really hoping he would win. The reality is that even though he lost, he was dead on in his promo afterwards. It’s the whole thing with me and him, and guys like Sami Zayn and Neville even trying to wrestle. Right?
It’s just this idea of you have this dream that everybody tells you that you can’t do, but you just keep going after it. Sometimes, you’re not successful, right? He wasn’t “successful” in the fight. But he fought a professional fight in UFC. That’s crazy! You know? It’s crazy and it’s awesome and he may have lost and he may have gotten beat up, but hey, he tried it.
How many people would be afraid because of their ego to not even put themselves out there like that? I like to train jiu-jitsu and I like to muay thai and the number of people who train all the time but won’t put themselves out there to even do like a tournament and nobody knows who they are. The ego part of you that says, ‘Well, if I go and I do it and I lose, what does that mean?’ Well, [Punk] went out and did it, right? He’s a huge public figure. I have the utmost respect for him trying to go do it."
“It’s hard, too. At that age, and I know at my age and how many injuries I have, just getting up out of bed every morning, you know, for the most part, I feel really good. But then to get up and go train with killers – that camp is a great camp. And so you go in there and train with great guys and getting beat up every day. It’s tough. That’s the job.
The job is getting beat up every day. And right towards the fight, then you have to lose a bunch of weight. So, it’s like, ‘OK I get beat up every day, now go lose 15 pounds. Oh, just like that? Oh, OK.’”
Hopefully, Punk will have learned some lessons from his experience in the octagon and will put on a better showing in his next encounter. Assuming there is a next one.