Daniel Bryan’s WWE contract is set to expire in a few weeks, and both sides have been working on signing a new contract for months. Pro wrestling guru Dave Meltzer recently discussed on Wrestling Observer Radio the situation between Bryan and the WWE, and described the higher ups in the WWE as “not happy.”
Meltzer went on to say :
Let’s just say there’s a lot of stuff that’s really weird going on. I’ll just say that. If by some chance this year or next year or at some point he does go independent, he ain’t wrestling in high school gyms, bingo halls, and flea markets. He’s gonna do probably 50, 60 dates and they’re gonna be New Japan. It won’t necessarily be as big of crowds as WWE; but, some of them will be. He’ll be doing the big New Japan shows. He’ll be doing Ring of Honor shows that, because he’s on them, will be drawing pretty well. Not a few hundred people. He’ll be doing Arena Mexico which is drawing more than any arena in the world right now and drawing more than WWE does on their big shows. Not bigger than WWE pay-per-view shows; but, Arena Mexico is outdrawing RAW most weeks and it’s outdrawing every WWE house show unless maybe it’s like a Garden show. I know what the game is. It’s like everyone; but, us is minor league and they put it in that thing to make it look like, ‘Oh if you’re not here, you’re going to be wrestling in a high school gym in front of 100 people.