Daniel Bryan is heavily rumoured to be heading to AEW, now a new report says WWE has asked for Bryan’s removal from their upcoming video game.
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.
A report from Cassidy Haynes of Bodyslam.net notes that according to a source they have spoken to, Bryan has already signed with AEW. The report goes on to say that Bryan wanted an easier schedule, the ability to work in Japan, and creative input over his character.
Haynes closes by saying that there are already tentative plans in place for Bryan’s AEW debut.
The report comes after Mike Johnson of PWInsider noted that Bryan is no longer part of WWE’s merchandising plans and that some within the company believed he was AEW bound. Although this could not be confirmed.
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.
Dave Meltzer in his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter has noted that his belief is WWE don’t believe Bryan – real name Bryan Danielson – will be returning to their fold after sending out a telling memo to their partners.
“Danielson is 40, and the fact WWE sent a memo to licensees to remove him from things like the upcoming video game does indicate they no longer think he’ll be returning.”
Daniel Bryan is not the only former WWE Champion believed to be in talks with AEW with another possibly making his return to wrestling after several years to join the company.