While doing promotional work for the upcoming SummerSlam Pay Per View, Smackdown GM and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan shared some candid thoughts on his retirement, and the entire process that led up to the end of his in-ring career. It’s quite clear that Bryan misses being able to get in the ring and wrestle, but the interview also shows that if doctors and WWE hadn’t stepped in, it’s very likely that things could have gone much worse for Bryan, who talks about how dedicated he was to not changing his high intensity, hard-hitting style despite the advice of everyone around him. Here’s Bryan on what happened to him in the days after he retired on Raw, then headed off to film episodes of Total Bellas immediately afterwards.
“I had to go out to Florida and we’re in John Cena’s house for four weeks or whatever and there’s cameras just on you all the time…I just had this horrible mental breakdown.”
When asked if he’s come to terms with his wrestling career being over:
“It’s interesting because I guess the real answer is no, but it’s weird. I don’t necessarily agree that there’s something wrong with me, right. The whole issue with concussions is so subjective.”
“It’s this heart-wrenching thing. It’s tough because we all get just this one life, right? And when you find something that you love as much as I love wrestling and then they tell you that you can’t do it anymore, it becomes really, really tough. And then it becomes really, really tough when now you’re around it every week. It’s just seeing your friends be able to go out there and do it and then you still can’t do it. It’s one of those things. I guess I kind of accept it, but I have a certain amount of melancholy with it.”
You can read more of Daniel Bryan’s heartwrenching interview here, as he talks about his new job as GM of Smackdown and announcer for the Cruiserweight Classic, as well as what he thinks about Finn Balor’s current career direction on the main roster.