Over the past several months, Daniel Bryan has said he is contemplating becoming a part-time wrestler after his current WWE contract expires. The American Dragon has been full-time for much of his WWE run, but now he is looking to spend more time at home with his family.
Bryan spoke about possibly transitioning to a part-time role during a recent interview with TVLine and he noted that his neck was "wrecked" following last week's tag team match on Friday Night SmackDown.
"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," Bryan said.
"One of the coolest things about wrestling, and just me 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."
The former WWE Champion, of course, has a history of neck problems and he previously underwent neck surgery in 2014 which kept him out of action for eight months.