Daniel Bryan Says He “Wrecked” His Neck During SmackDown Tag Match, Talks Finding The Right Schedule For Him To Wrestle Moving Forward


Prior to his matchup with Roman Reigns on this Friday’s WWE SmackDown superstar Daniel Bryan spoke with TVLine about his future with the company, which includes the former world champion revealing that his neck got banged up in the tag team bout from two weeks ago. Highlights from the interview are below.

Talks about his contract coming to an end and hurting his neck during a recent tag match:

It’s funny that people gravitate towards the date “September,” and I think it’s because that’s when my last contract ended, but it doesn’t end in September. I’m still trying to figure out what that looks like… I had a tag team match on SmackDown last Friday, and it was a lot of fun, but my neck was just wrecked. I’m going to be 40 in May and my daughter likes to get on my shoulders to pick leaves from a Japanese maple in front of our house [and he couldn’t this time due to the pain]. You get to that point where it’s like, how long can I do this full-time and still be able to do those kinds of things with my daughter? What’s the right balance between part-time and that sort of thing? It may be that it’s just every once in a while when the urge strikes, or maybe like a schedule where it’s like eight months on, these months off.

Says he’s still trying to figure out what a good schedule for him would be:

One of the coolest things about wrestling, and just be being an independent contractor in general, is that you can say, “Well, I really only want to do this amount of work.” What that amount of work is, I have no idea yet. I still have to figure it out. But I also need to be respectful of the people who are relying on me to go to work. I have to give them an answer sooner rather than later. I’m trying to figure that out, trying to be responsible as an employee of somebody who’s taken care of our family very well. But then also, trying to take the time to figure it out.

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