Daniel Bryan is now the general manager of Smackdown Live and works alongside Shane McMahon as an on-air personality for the blue brand.
His days in the ring - a WWE ring, anyway - are now behind him after a series of concussion injuries left the WWE unable to medically clear the former world champion.
When Bryan retired from the ring, it wasn't long before he took his on-air authority role, and many people were surprised he didn't take longer away from the business.
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However, in an interview with The Daily Progress, Bryan reveals that he didn't really get a say in the matter.
“They didn’t give me a choice," Bryan asserted. "I’m under contract so they say ‘show up,’ and I show up.”
The Leader of the Yes Movement is under contract with the company until 2018 and that's plenty of time for speculation to mount that at some point down the line, he may well make a comeback.
Bryan was asked about hoping to return to in-ring competition and he couldn't help but fuel the fires.
“I honestly do. All the real concussion specialists who deal with concussions every day, all of them think I am fine.”
Regarding Bryan's comments in the interview, WWE issued out the following statement: "WWE determined it is not in the best interest of Bryan Danielson (aka Daniel Bryan) to continue as an in-ring performer."
For the company, it's obvious they do not want to be held responsible for any of the potential medical problems that Bryan would encounter down the road should he make a comeback.
It could be a money-maker if Bryan was paired with the right opponent, but is it worth the risk?
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