Daniel Bryan jokes about name he'd use if he ever made WWE return

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It has been three months now since Daniel Bryan officially called time on his in-ring wrestling career with the WWE.

Unlike other stars who have walked away from the squared circle, the Yes! Movement leader's issues - ranging from concussions to a chronic brain lesion - mean there is virtually no chance he will ever wrestle again.

That hasn't stopped Bryan musing about a hypothetical comeback on social media this week, however. In fact, the 34-year-old joked yesterday on Twitter about a new character name he'd use if he was ever allowed to compete again.


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The new name appears to have come about after fans reacted to an earlier tweet in which Bryan revealed a building project for his wife Brie Bella, another to have recently retired from WWE.

He may have been joking, but you have to admit 'Barn Door Bryan' does have a certain ring to it. The character name - which sounds like something from some bygone wrestling era - might, though, be more suited to someone with a slightly bigger physique than Bryan.

There is no doubting the three-time World Heavyweight champion had the talent and drive to make him a bonafide WWE Superstar, but, at 5ft 10 and 190 lbs, he doesn't exactly have the 'barn door' stature of the likes of Big Show or Kane.

Unfortunately for Bryan and his fans, the chances of him actually being able to debut such an idea are practically zero.

Likely future

His retirement in February came after virtually two years on injury issues limited his impact in the organisation and, while he may have wanted to continue wrestling, medical officials made it clear that he'd be putting himself in serious danger if he went on.

Despite his retirement, Bryan still remains under contract with the WWE and his current deal isn't set to expire until 2019. Since calling time on his in-ring work, however, the former Intercontinental Champion has taken a step back from the company as a whole.

As he put it recently on a WWE Network special, he needs time to emotionally heal before thinking about continuing with the WWE in a new role.

The fact he is able to joke with fans about the unlikely idea of a WWE return does, at least, show that he isn't closing himself off from the business altogether.

Hopefully, one day in the not too distant future, we will be able to welcome back Bryan in some capacity. Whether it is as 'Barn Door Bryan', we will have to wait and see.

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