Ric Flair would be proud. Last year, Daniel Bryan returned to the ring in something that a lot of people never thought would actually happen. Bryan had been out of action for over three years due to various injuries but managed to get himself cleared and was able to wrestle again. Now that he is back full time, the question becomes how much longer he has left. Bryan himself seems to have an idea.
Bryan was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated and was asked about when he wanted to retire. Without giving a specific answer, Bryan said that he never wanted to stop wrestling and that he would like to be doing something in the business until he was close to death. Bryan acknowledged that he would not be able to do what he does now, but he wants to be part of the business in one way or another. Here is his full quote:
“There are people who say, ‘I only want to do this for three or four more years,’ or ‘I only want to do this until I’m 45. No. I want to do this until I’m 70. Months before I die, I want to be doing a wrestling show. I won’t be able to do the stuff I do now, but I want to go out and do this thing I’ve been passionate about wrestling my entire life. I want to do that my whole life.”
I never thought I would see the day. Check out Bryan’s return match from WrestleMania 34:
Opinion: There are some people who just love wrestling and if Bryan can make this work, why can’t he keep doing this for the rest of his life? It isn’t really a business that a lot of people walk away from and I would rather see him having a good time and enjoying life than being miserable and missing what he really wants to do. It’s not like you have some mandatory retirement age anyway and there are other jobs in wrestling than wrestling a match.
When will Bryan stop wrestling? Will he be World Champion again? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the Complete 2000 Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Part 1.
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