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Daniel Bryan says he’s ‘working on’ returning to wrestling - whatever that means

Daniel Bryan returned to our screens last night, making big moves on SmackDown Live and cutting up with Renee Young on Talking Smack. His paternity leave didn’t seem to effect him at all, as he was the same loveable, kind-of-jerk we’ve all been missing over the past couple months.

A bunch of interviews have come along with this comeback, and of course some of those are going to inquire whether DB has any other comebacks in mind. Since retiring as an in-ring competitor in early 2016, Bryan’s been open about his struggles with hanging up the boots in the wake of some troubling medical test results and his thought process concerning whether that WWE-dictated decision is final.

Bryan’s chat with SI’s Justin Barrasso opens with that topic. The response from the new father to a statement about how some fans would prefer to see the General Manager as the Blue Brand’s top star “back inside the ring” is...

I’m working on it.

Now, he goes on to discuss wrestling as an art form without specifically addressing what he’s working on...

Wrestling is more of a creative outlet, and especially for somebody like me, I view it as my creative outlet. Not all WWE superstars and not all wrestlers view it that way, but that’s how I view it and that’s one of the ways my mind works creatively.

I always think of it in terms of music. You’re not always going to be a huge rock star in music, but musicians can play until the day they die. With sports, it’s different. You can’t always do it until the very end, and that’s a hard reality of sports. The blessings wrestling has given me have allowed me to find some new passions, but it’s really hard when you’ve got that first love and nothing really replaces it.

... but nothing in there says “no, I’m definitely retired for good”. And as a follow-up to past moments like hinting he would wrestle when his WWE contract is up (on the admittedly worked-shoot-y Talking Smack, but still...), even a throw away line isn’t going to quell talk of a return to the ring.

We’ll just have to keep waiting and seeing what DB is “working on”.

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