Daniel Bryan recently spoke with SportsBible’s Josh Lawless during the WWE European tour, with Bryan revealing what he was planning to do if WWE did not clear him and more.
Plans to wrestle in Japan:
“I kept getting cleared after doctor, after doctor, after doctor and they would send me to more doctors. At some point I just thought, ‘Ok I think this is the last one and if I get cleared by this one I think I’m good’ but I was crossing my fingers and I didn’t know for sure.
“But it’s interesting because four months before, I didn’t think it was going to happen and Brie and I bought a house in Washington State because we were like ‘We love Washington state’ – I’m from there but then too, flights from Seattle to Japan are a little easier!
“That’s kind of what we thought was going to happen. My contract was up, they’re not going to let me wrestle so I’m going to do it somewhere else.”
Not being prepared for his return:
“You have to understand, I wasn’t prepared for this to happen. I’m wearing the shoes which I’m wearing now –which are from a thrift store and they’re a half size too big! I was wearing a sportscoat and I haven’t done the dropkick in the corner for three years – it’s a very exhausting thing to do because you’re sprinting, running, jumping and then kick.
“I was a little bit concerned but that night I didn’t feel tired or anything, I was excited, it was fun. Same thing at Wrestlemania, I felt like nothing felt weird or awkward – everything felt like normal and how it used to feel.
Hating his SmackDown GM role:
“It was very difficult. I disliked it, strongly. I would try and leave as soon as I could and if I found it they might not have a segment for me on TV, I would be texting the writers being like, ‘Hey can I just stay home’ – a portion of that is not liking it and portion of that is because now I’m being away from Brie and my baby to do something I’m not passionate about. That was a weird mental thing for me.”