WWE Smackdown general manager Daniel Bryan said he had a breakdown after he announced his retirement. “I had to go out to Florida (for a reality show shoot) and we’re in John Cena’s house for four weeks or whatever and there’s cameras just on you all the time,” Bryan said. “I just had this horrible mental breakdown.”
Bryan said he used nature to help. “That’s what I needed,” he said. I needed to get away from all of that and just get out to be by some trees. It’s hard for me. I don’t do really well in cities, which is crazy given that we’re flying in and out of these major cities every week. Brie [Bella] describes it as anxiety. And she would be accurate. I get this anxiety in cities and places like that.”
Bryan also said he’s not at peace with his career being over. “It’s interesting because I guess the real answer is no, but it’s weird,” he said. “I don’t necessarily agree that there’s something wrong with me, right. The whole issue with concussions is so subjective…
“When I told them that I was taking this test in New York City, they said, ‘OK, well let us know the result.’ Well, the test hasn’t been peer reviewed, and I’m not saying it’s a bad test, all I’m saying is this is not something that they’re using the standard medical facilities.” Read the full interview at Recorder.ca.
Powell’s POV: This is a must read interview with Bryan going into more detail about the medical testing and his frustration with the situation. He also spoke about how he has a hard it has been when he’s been asked to sit at ringside and watch matches since becoming the Smackdown general manager. You have to wonder if Bryan continues to feel like he is healthy enough to wrestle if he will eventually work outside WWE someday.