Daniel Bryan is gearing up for one last ride.
Bryan returned to the ring on SmackDown for his first match since June, teaming with Kevin Owens and The Street Profits to defeat Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro.
After the match, Bryan appearing on Talking Smack and put over the young talent, saying the past generation hasn't done a great job of
"One of the things that past generations hasn't done a great job of is realizing that the younger generation needs more of a spotlight. Because we've had so much time on TV and everyone is like, 'Oh man, Daniel Bryan is on TV' and everyone gets excited when I do the 'YES!' chants so let's put him on TV more. What makes me good right now is [my mind] and is no longer my athletic ability," he said. "With WWE, the thing that's going to bring in the young fans...I'm nearly a 40-year-old dad, I'm not cool. I see all these guys who can bring a younger audience to the show and that gets me excited."
Bryan went on to say that the guys today are more athletic and that he loves being a dad before admitting, “I haven’t said anything about this, but in my mind, this is kinda my last run. This is my last run as a full-time superstar. It’s not really a scoop. You can feel it in even in just the way I approach things and the way my mentality is as far as my view towards younger people and all that kind of stuff and when I do this, as I’m doing this last run, my thing isn’t like, ‘I gotta prove to everybody that I’m the best.’ When I’m out there, I’m proving things to myself and I want things better for the younger talent," he said.
Bryan had been off television since June as he was with his wife Brie Bella as she gave birth to their second child. Bryan's contract reportedly expires in September 2021.
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