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Daniel Bryan says his WWE contract is up soon, and WrestleMania felt like a sign about his future

Daniel Bryan’s story heading into the WrestleMania 37’s main event was that this might be his last dance at the Showcase of the Immortals.

In a new interview reflecting on his April 11 match with Roman Reigns & Edge, Bryan told BT Sport it was unlike any experience he’s ever had in a ring:

“It was really bizarre. Just really, really bizarre... It’s taken me, it’s been nine days now since it happened, and it’s taken me time to fully process what the experience was like because it wasn’t like a normal thing. It was really weird. I felt very - like out of body in it. It was so weird.

“When I’m wrestling, I feel everything and I feel like I’m really enjoying it. Like I’m out there and I’m like ‘Gosh,’ having fun. This was weird, I was out there and it was almost like I felt like I was detached. And I was out there, and it was so strange, in fact, that before the match started, I got this really weird feeling, I was like, ‘Oh no, is this what it’s like right before you die? Am I going to die? [laughs] I mean. huh, well, okay.’ I was like, if that happens it happens. [laughs]. It was just a really bizarre feeling. I don’t know why or how that happened, but it was unlike pretty much anything I’ve felt while wrestling before.”

He thinks it might be confirmation of something he’s been feeling anyway (and has spoken about, too) - it might be time to move on from wrestling as his primary focus:

“I’m not a big believer in signs - most people thiink of me as like this hippie-dippie kind of thing because I’m an environmentalist, but I’m really not. I really love science and reality-based things. So it was interesting, it was like maybe it’s a sign that this is the time to let go of being a full-time wrestler, which is kind of what I’ve been thinking for a while.

“When I first started training, Shawn Michaels said, ‘The second that you don’t get nervous right before you go out, that’s when you need to retire.’ And I don’t necessarily believe that, because for a long time I haven’t gotten nervous before I go out. I’m excited because it’s fun. But the odd detachment was like, ‘Woah, maybe it’s’ - like I said, I’m either gonna die [laughs] or maybe this is just a sign that this isn’t the same type of fulfilling that it was before. It’s interesting. I’ve been trying to - I just said I wasn’t hippie-dippie, right? - I’ve been trying to meditate on it [laughs] and talk to my friends that I’m close with like ‘Hey, what is that?’”

His role at WWE”s been on his mind, because as he says later in the interview:

“My contract’s actually up relatively soon, so I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life.”

Bryan reportedly signed his current deal in the fall of 2018, so if it was a three year contract, this one probably expires sometime after SummerSlam.

What’s next for DB? We’ll let you know if we see any signs. In the meantime, check out his entire talk with BT Sport - which includes thoughts on the two night WrestleMania format, how Tampa reacted to Reigns, wife Brie’s Hall of Fame induction, and more - here.

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