Daniel Bryan recently spoke with Peter Rosenberg about his future in wrestling and what he would do if he couldn't continue to wrestle for WWE when his contract is about to expire.
"Oh, so I've had too many concussions [according to WWE], they have outright said, 'no, you're wrestling again.' Yeah, yeah, yeah. We're still at the 'no you're not wrestling again' part of that conversation. But I have presented them with my case, which is a lot of testing and that kind of stuff that shows, 'hey, I'm fine.' And so, it's interesting."
Bryan was cleared by the UCLA specialists who he was sent to check with by WWE themselves:
"I've worked with some of the best people in the country. I've been cleared by specialists at UCLA that I did not choose, right? WWE sent them to me because they're the best. A whole team of people who work with concussions on a daily basis and they said to me, 'you are fine to wrestle.' And we're also at this stage where all my brain EEGs, my MRIs, my neuropsychological tests [have been positive]."
Bryan then pretty clearly said he would wrestle elsewhere if he is good to go and WWE won't allow him to compete:
"If I get a bad test somewhere along the line, I won't wrestle. But I also, will probably, when my contract is up, I'd probably, if I'm still General Manager at that point, I'd probably step away from that part of it because just being around it, I love it a little too much and I need to transition. I need to get this focused because I'm very good at focusing on one thing, right? But then, I need to switch that laser focus to something else like saving the starving polar bears. So yeah, assuming everything continues as it has been going, when my [WWE] contract is up I would wrestle elsewhere if WWE would not clear me."