Daniel Bryan went out on Monday Night Raw earlier this year to announce his official retirement from professional wrestling, the thing he loved most in life.
After a hiatus from WWE, Bryan recently returned as a color commentator for the Cruiserweight Classic, and then as the new General Manager for SmackDown following the brand split, but he says he still has not moved past his yearning for performing again.
“It’s interesting because I guess the real answer is no, but it’s weird,” Bryan told Recorder.ca. “I don’t necessarily agree that there’s something wrong with me, right. The whole issue with concussions is so subjective.”
It was ultimately an accumulation of concussions which caused WWE to no longer clear Bryan to perform after a long period of Bryan trying to get all the tests done in order to truly find if there was something wrong.
Now that he is back working with WWE as a personality rather than a wrestler, he admits it is that much tougher.
“It’s this heart-wrenching thing,” Bryan said. “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.”