WWE fans were shocked and saddened when former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan announced his retirement from active competition with the WWE earlier this year.
Many believed that this would be the last time they saw the former Intercontinental Champion after he was forced to vacate his title back in 2015 and was never able to reclaim it. But WWE have found a way to bring back the popular superstar, by making him part of the Global Cruiserweight Tournament that will air on the WWE Network next month.
Bryan along with Smackdown commentator Mauro Ranallo will co-host and colour commentate throughout the show, but could this just be a way of WWE seeing what skills Daniel Bryan has outside of the WWE ring in preparation for a much bigger role?
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There has been many rumours surrounding Daniel Bryan following his retirement, because most of the WWE Universe are aware of how much Bryan cares about wrestling and how much of a huge part it plays in his life.
It is hard to imagine Bryan not being a part of WWE in any kind of context despite the fact that he can no longer wrestle. In recent interviews Bryan has talked about his inability to accept that he can no longer wrestle and it hurts him to still be around the business knowing that he can no longer do what he used to do.
It would be easy for WWE to hire Bryan in the Performance Centre where he can continue to help the crop of new talent as a way to give back to the sport that gave so much to him, but perhaps WWE have much bigger plans for the former leader of the Yes Movement.
PART OF THE SMACKDOWN TEAM?
Bryan has resurfaced on WWE's radar at the right time, following the announcement of the upcoming Brand Split the company are in desperate need of a Smackdown General Manager and they need to replace Jerry Lawler's position at the Smackdown commentary desk.
Since Bryan is currently commentating along with Smackdown announcer Ranallo, it isn't much of a stretch to imagine WWE having an idea of keeping the pair together as a way to really push forward Tuesday nights. Daniel Bryan would definitely ensure all eyes are on the show if it was announced that he would join the team, but it means he has to preform well whilst being a part of The Cruiserweight Classic.
Of course this is not yet set in stone and Bryan could easily decide to once again distance himself from the company when the tournament comes to an end. He said himself that it is painful being around the company but also just as painful not being around it, so he has a fair few decisions of his own yet to make. Bryan making a return to WWE in a different role is a good sign for his future with the company and will hopefully mean brighter things lay ahead for him.
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