At SummerSlam, Daniel Bryan will be facing his rival for many years now, The Miz . Returning to action in early 2018 in the WWE ring, Bryan proved that there was nothing that could prevent him from fighting again between the ropes. Invited by ESPN for an interview before Summerslam, the former general manager of Smackdown Live said he hoped to wrestle for the next thirty years:
“Realistically, I want to wrestle until I’m 70,” Bryan said. “That’s a goal to people that sounds insane, but there’s a MMA trainer, Firas Zahabi, he trains Georges St-Pierre and he was on Joe Rogan’s podcast and I love what he said because this is how I envision my life. He said, ‘I want to be grappling and doing jiu-jitsu the day before I die.’ He wants to live to be 90 years old, but he loves doing this so much he wants to physically be capable of doing it until the day before he dies because it brings him joy and that’s how I feel about wrestling.
For me, my goal is to enjoy this moment that I have in the WWE spotlight because that doesn’t last forever. That really has taken hold since I was forced to retire. You have to appreciate every moment of this, but I also have to transition my style in a way that I could still be wrestling when I’m 70 years old. I want to transition my style slowly to something that’s a little bit easier on my body.”
In the world of sports entertainment, some wrestlers have already fought at ages when many talents would be retired for fifteen or twenty years. Legendary Lou Thesz took part in his last match when he was seventy-four. Jerry Lawler still struggles at sixty-eight and without his health problems, Terry Funk would also be in a ring with his seventy-four years old.