Daniel Bryan is reportedly not part of WWE’s upcoming merchandising plans. The news has once again sparked speculation that Bryan may not be returning to the company in the near future.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, internally there has been no discussion about Bryan returning to WWE, adding that he currently isn’t listed on the company’s roster.
Johnson goes on to say that this has led to some within WWE believing that Bryan is signing or will sign with AEW. Although the report adds that PWInsider have not received confirmation that this is true.
However, Johnson says that he can confirm that Bryan is not part of the company’s merchandising plans.
“*Bryan was not part of a recent list of talent plans for licensing and merchandising for 2021-2022 that was recently put together by the company for internal use.
*Bryan is not slated for any future Mattel action figure wave releases.”
Daniel Bryan hasn’t been seen on WWE television since April 30th, where he was defeated by Universal Champion Roman Reigns on SmackDown.
In fact, Daniel Bryan hasn’t been under contract with WWE since his latest deal expired that very night.
In the aftermath of his match at WrestleMania, the former WWE Champion openly questioned his future. Speaking in an interview at the time, Bryan suggested it may be time for him to stop being a full-time wrestler.
This coupled with Bryan discussing working for other companies, naturally led to speculation that he may be looking to wrestle elsewhere.
Interestingly, when it was reported that WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling were in talks over a working relationship, it was noted that Daniel Bryan’s future was “at the crux” of the discussions.
With regard to the AEW link, Bryan has previously spoken in glowing terms aboutAEW Champion Kenny Omega.