Daniel Bryan retired from in-ring competition back in February 2016 and his contract was then frozen so that he could continue to work for the company as the General Manager of SmackDown Live.
The former World Champion shocked the world when he was cleared to return to in-ring competition back in March this year and has since been an integral part of SmackDown Live.
The fact that Bryan has been advertised for SmackDown’s 1000th episode as well as The Australian Super Show-Down which both take place in October has led many fans to believe that he has already signed a new contract with the WWE and has managed to keep it under wraps.
It appears that this is not the case since Bryan recently appeared on Sam Roberts’ podcast where he revealed how likely he is to re-sign with the company since his contract expires in just two weeks time.
“I think at this point it’s 90 plus percent… I will say it’s likely I will sign with WWE,” Bryan said via WrestlingNews.co. “The reality is that’s the probability. I have not re-signed yet but it could happen as soon as the end of this week or it could be a couple more weeks. It’s very likely.”
Bryan has been very vocal about the fact that he doesn’t want to work a full-time WWE schedule anymore because he is missing some of the biggest milestones of his daughter’s young life. This has been one of the main reasons why his negotiations have gone on for so long, but they must be going well if he has stated he is that likely to sign a new deal.
“I don’t wanna do a full schedule and I think WWE has been very gracious in working with me to not do a complete schedule.”
Bryan battles The Miz at SummerSlam in a match that has been building for more than eight years and it has the potential to steal the show.