This isn’t the first time Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff has said this — and Daniel Bryan found it “interesting” that time — but if it wasn’t clear the independent promotion wants him back, here is the quote he gave The A.V. Club:
“I’m not gonna give you odds, I wouldn’t even know how to set those. Bryan’s under contract with the WWE, from what I understand, until September 2018. If he chooses not to renew that contract, and he is able to wrestle from a health standpoint, I would welcome him. It would be a triumphant return. I think we would be the right place for him, the right fan appreciation, the right respect from the industry plus management plus everybody. But there’s so many variables in that. Even though it’s not far away, a year in wrestling is a long period of time. But he is more than welcomed to come back and I would love to have him on our roster.”
This comes after Cody Rhodes taunted him in the main event of Death Before Dishonor last month, and The Young Bucks were encouraging him to take a photo with the Bullet Club (something that will get you fired by WWE, apparently). There are still health concerns that could prevent Bryan from ever wrestling again but he’s already said he’s been cleared by doctors outside of WWE. Once his contract is up and he’s free to go elsewhere, it’s hard to imagine he won’t take Koff up on his offer and head back to the wrestling ring to satisfy his desire to do something other than be a General Manager for SmackDown Live.