Former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan is reportedly on his way out of the company with reports claiming he has signed a contract with rival All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The 40-year-old has chosen to let his WWE contract run out, and is now free to sign elsewhere as he is a free agent and does not have a 90-day non-compete clause in his contract.
According to a report in Bodyslam.net, Bryan is “locked in” and has “100% already signed” a deal AEW. Bryan’s last match in WWE was held on April 30, when he lost to Roman Reigns in SmackDown’s “Championship vs Career” match. His WWE contract reportedly expired on May 4.
According to the report, Bryan has asked to work for less dates for comparable money, along with the ability to work in Japan and creative control for his character. The requests are reasonable for a superstar of Bryan’s stature and he has been granted. The Tony Khan-founded wrestling promotion has already started chalking up plans for his debut.
There were speculations over his future after reports earlier this week claimed the company did not include him in merchandising or action figure plans for the rest of the year. In addition to Bryan, CM Punk is also reportedly on his way to AEW.
The signing will be a big swoop for AEW, as Bryan is one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling. Khan has hinted at more singings in the future, with the company having already roped in Malakai Black and Andrade El Idolo recently.
He is currently taking time off from wrestling and is on vacation, but is expected to get back in the ring soon.