Major update on Daniel Bryan’s status with WWE, Samoa Joe out of Mixed Match Challenge

Daniel Bryan reportedly turns down a mega – money offer to extend his WWE contract

Daniel Bryan has reportedly turned down a contract extension offer

The SmackDown Live General Manager hasn’t been shy, to express his desire to get back in a wrestling ring. Just a few days ago, Triple H talked about the possibility of Bryan competing again in the WWE, but didn’t sound too optimistic. ‘The King of Kings’ talked about WWE having the best medical personnel on their payroll, and said they wouldn’t risk bringing anyone back, if there’s even a remote chance of them getting injured.

Daniel Bryan was forced to retire in 2016, when it was revealed that he suffered seizures, which were attributed to the concussions he suffered during his wrestling career. Bryan hasn’t competed in the ring since 2015, and announced his retirement from in – ring competition during an emotionally charged episode of RAW.

However, Daniel Bryan has since revealed that he had visited multiple doctors, who have told him that he could compete once again. But with WWE standing their ground regarding their decision to not let Bryan compete again, he has left the door open to return to the independent promotions. The fact that Daniel Bryan’s WWE contract is set to expire later this year has further added fuel to the fire, and Daniel has already expressed his interest in wrestling Cody Rhodes.

There has been a new development in recent hours, as first reported by WrestlingNewsWorld, with WWE offering Bryan a contract extension. According to the report, the new contract would see Daniel Bryan earning in the same ball – park as a main – eventer in WWE, but he wouldn’t be allowed to wrestle! Bryan reportedly turned down the offer, and is eyeing a return to the independents later this year.

It is also being speculated that WWE has already admitted defeat in their persuasion of Bryan to agree to a new contract. Bryan is in the midst of an on – screen rivalry with Shane McMahon, and the company wants to turn him heel, so that they could prepare the groundwork for his exit.

Samoa Joe injured; out of Mixed Match Challenge and the Royal Rumble

On this week’s edition of Monday Night RAW, Samoa Joe faced – and defeated ‘The Man Beast’, Rhyno in a singles match. Post match, Joe cut a promo, vowing to eliminate John Cena from the Royal Rumble match.

While this could indicate WWE’s plans for Joe going into WrestleMania, the Samoan Submission Machine has been struck down by an ill – timed injury. Joe reportedly heard something pop in his foot during his match, and later underwent further medical tests to know the extent of the damage.

WWE has since released a statement, stating that Joe will now miss the Royal Rumble PPV, and has been pulled from the Mixed Match Challenge!

Here is WWE’s statement:

“During his match, [Samoa Joe] felt a pop at the bottom of his [right] foot,” explained WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Chris Amann. “We took a look and believe he has a plantar fascia rupture, which is a thick tissue rupture under the foot. We will get an MRI to confirm. Treatment includes a period of immobilization in a boot with crutches and platelet rich plasma injections.”

Elias has since been named as Joe’s replacement, and he will team up with Bayley.

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