Welcome to another edition of
OFF-TRACK with A-TRAIN
where I report on
Daniel Bryan's Plans
For His Post-WWE Wrestling Career
BECAUSE HE GOT WEIRDLY SPECIFIC LAST NIGHT ON TWITTER
As we discussed earlier, Daniel Bryan Live-Tweeted the Total Bellas episode last night, which focused on John Cena and Nikki Bella teaming up for their feud against Miz & Maryse. So when Bryan Tweeted the following, it was especially poignant.
But of course, that's not possible, since Daniel Bryan was forced to retire from WWE when the company's doctors refused to clear him. He now serves as SmackDown's General Manager.
But if there's one thing that we learned when he was co-hosting the now-defunct post-SmackDown shoot-fest "Talking Smack," it was that he doesn't give a flying FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDGE what he says. What are they going to do, fire him?
"Great," he would say in that case, "I'm just going to go to Japan and start my career back up over there."
Because Daniel Bryan has said he has doctor's notes that prove he should be cleared to wrestle, and he believes he would be cleared in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and he even gave a vague contract expiration date during an episode of Talking Smack back on March 7.
A year and a half.
So when you look at Daniel Bryan's Tweets from last night, starting with this one:
... you can see that he's really serious about coming back to wrestle, regardless of whether it's for WWE or not.
So let's assume he is leaving WWE in 351 days, and let's use his Tweets from last night to book his career after he leaves.
1. He's going to Japan, and he's going to feud with EVERYBODY.
But he doesn't want to face just IWGP Champ Kazuchika Okada and the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon Tetsuya Naito.
2. He also wants "tap out" the ENTIRE Bullet Club.
He even TAGGED THEM IN THE TWEET.
And at least one of them noticed.
So THAT would be fun.
The Young Bucks responded with a picture of Dave Meltzer, so I think that means they accept Bryan's challenge?
But also, there was at least one Bullet Club member that Bryan DIDN'T tag who wants a piece of the American Dragon.
3. We already know that Daniel Bryan wants to face Cody Rhodes for the ROH Championship.
So we know what Bryan will be doing late next September.
4. He wants a shot at Kenny Omega, preferably somewhere like the Tokyo Dome.
Kenny is down.
Wrestle Kingdom 2019 anyone?
Now, there's always a chance that he could wrestle in Mexico, but without his formerly-trademarked long tresses, it wouldn't be as fun.
So it's definitely New Japan for Daniel Bryan, starting in 351 days.
Unless he gets the news--from a doctor not in the employ of WWE--that returning to wrestling would be too dangerous.
In which case, he'd quit and never go back. Because now there's something more important to care about.