Daniel Bryan retired from professional wrestling in February, but the former WWE champion had big plans before he was told he could never compete in the ring again. On the latest edition of “Total Bellas” on E!, Bryan revealed that he developed a new wrestling style, specifically one that he would use against Brock Lesnar.
Bryan’s final match came in April 2015 when he suffered a concussion, and he had been trying to get cleared by WWE’s doctors. Having missed most of 2014 and 2015 with a neck injury and concussion-related issues, Bryan was hoping to return and wrestle in such a way that would prevent him from getting injured again.
“When I was getting ready to come back, I was developing this entirely new style where I would take very few bumps and I would move more like an animal,” Bryan told current WWE superstars Sami Zayn and Nikki Bella.
“This was something I specifically had in mind for wrestling Brock (Lesnar).”
Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar was the match most fans wanted to see headline WrestleMania 31 after Bryan made his first return from injury. Roman Reigns was scheduled to take on Lesnar for the WWE Championship at the event, but the fanbase was in such support of Bryan that there were rumors WWE considered inserting him into the match.
Bryan instead fought for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 31, but still had eyes on a potential match against Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. Bryan was forced to retire two months before the event, where Lesnar fought Dean Ambrose.
Even though Bryan retired from wrestling in February, he has since expressed some regret for calling it quits. He might not be having a match anytime soon, but it’d be hard to rule out an eventual return from one of the most popular WWE superstars since the Attitude Era.
If Bryan did come back sometime within the next year, he could face Lesnar, who is the company’s biggest draw. However, the more likely match might be Bryan vs. The Miz, considering the two have had an on-screen feud over the last few months with Bryan serving as the general manager of “SmackDown.”