It’s been a whirlwind few years for Daniel Bryan, who won the World Championship in the main event of WrestleMania back in 2014, The Intercontinental Championship at the same event in 2015, was forced to retire in 2016, was brought back to WWE as General Manager of SmackDown Live a few months later, before he was officially cleared to return to the ring earlier this year.
The former World Champion struggled on the sidelines for a number of years before the company agreed to clear him to return ahead of WrestleMania back in April.
Bryan recently appeared on Booker T’s Heated Conversations Podcast where he revealed that he had accepted his retirement from the business before WWE asked him to return as General Manager.
“The weirdest thing about it is I probably would have been satisfied and just like accepted my retirement if they hadn’t brought me back as GM because it was so soon after I had retired and I had signed up for school, I had signed up for ASU, I was doing a permaculture design course.”
“I was doing all this different kind of stuff trying to transition my life into more of a homelife but then they brought me back and it was only a couple of months after I was forced to retire.”
“I’m sitting at ringside for a Dean Ambrose/AJ Styles match and I’m sitting there watching the match and I wasn’t wrestling when AJ got brought into WWE and I was just thinking, ‘what am I doing I should be in there?'”
Bryan has now officially been cleared to return and recently teamed with his wife to take on The Miz and Maryse at Hell in a Cell, but he will now step in the ring against Miz alone in Australia as the longtime rivals battle it out to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship.