During a recent interview with TVLine ahead of SmackDown, Bryan was asked if what his plans were after September.
With your contract expiring in September, you’ve previously talked about plans for becoming a part-time wrestler. What does that look like? Do you see yourself shifting to a backstage role, or occasionally appearing in the ring?
It’s funny that people gravitate towards the date “September,” and I think it’s because that’s when my last contract ended, but it doesn’t end in September. [Note: Bryan was tight-lipped about when his contract actually runs out.] 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.
As more details are known on his future in both storyline and real-life, an update will be posted.