Bryan Danielson’s status as a full-time wrestler will come to an end later this year.
When the American Dragon first announced his retirement plan a few months ago, he said he doubts that he’ll ever be absolutely done with pro wrestling, and maybe he’ll come back for a couple matches per year.
However, in a new interview this week with Tokyo Sports ahead of Wrestle Kingdom 18, Danielson suddenly bumped up that estimate to around 5 to 10 matches per year, and specifically named Tomohiro Ishii, Shingo Takagi, and Hiroshi Tanahashi as wrestlers he’d like to step in the ring with.
This got me thinking about another famous part-time wrestler, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. I looked up his 2023 wrestling schedule on CageMatch, and it says he worked 11 total matches for WWE last year. Four of those 11 matches took place at house shows, with the other seven taking place on PPV/PLE.
In other words, if Bryan hits the upper end of his estimate of 5 to 10 matches per year as a part-timer, his overall workload in the ring might not be all that different from the number one star in the industry today.
So for those longtime Bryan fans who are bummed out about his upcoming plans to stop being a full-time wrestler, it sounds like there will still be plenty of chances to see the all-time great do his thing in the ring against top stars around the world in 2025 and beyond.
Do you think Bryan Danielson will excel as a part-time wrestler, Cagesiders?