WWE superstar Daniel Bryan announced that he is retiring from professional wrestling at the age of 34 for medical reasons.
Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 8, 2016
Speaking to his hometown fans at KEY Arena in Seattle, Daniel Bryan said he underwent tests recently that showed he shouldn’t be wrestling anymore. He also praised WWE for protecting him by ensuring he receive treatment and preventing him from getting in the ring until he was cleared by specialists.
“The truth is, I’ve been wrestling since I was 18 years old, and within the first five months of my wrestling career, I’d already had three concussions. For years after that, I would get a concussion here and there and then it gets to the point when you’ve been wrestling for 16 years, that adds up to a lot of concussions,” he said in a tearful speech. “It gets to a point where they tell you that you can’t wrestle anymore. For a long time, I fought that, because I’d gotten EEGs and brain MRIs and neuropsychological evaluations, and all of them said this: I was fine, and I could come back and wrestle.”
Unfortunately for Brian, that all changed when he went for another test last week. Without going into detail, he said that maybe his “brain isn’t as OK as I thought it was.”
Bryan did mention multiple times how grateful he is for the fans, and he closed things out with a huge YES! chant.
So what’s the next step for Bryan? Apparently, starting a family with his wife Brie Bella.
“I have a family to think about; my wife [WWE Diva Brie Bella] and I want to start having kids soon,” he continued. “Because of wrestling, I got to meet the most wonderful woman in the world. She’s beautiful, she’s smart and she completes me in a way I didn’t even think was possible. And that’s because of wrestling. I am grateful.”