Daniel Bryan's role as WWE Smackdown Live's GM has an expiration date if you buy into Bryan's claim of returning to the ring in a year and a half.
During the latest episode of Talking Smack, the Smackdown Live post-show, Bryan is mocked by the Miz for not being physically able to compete anymore, which leads him to drop a very honest tidbit of information.
"You want to be a wrestler, but you can't because of your head. That's okay," said the Miz.
"I can't or they won't let me? We'll see in a year-and-a-half and see what happens," said Bryan in retaliation.
Daniel Bryan calls his many supporters the "Yes Movement" and they will undoubtedly be amongst the happiest have even the smallest glimmer of hope.
It'd be wise for Bryan fans to remember that this statement is far from a guarantee. There are still many conflicting reports on Bryan's retirement, future with the WWE, and dreams of returning to indie wrestling.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that although Bryan was pressured by Vince McMahon to publicly retire, he is still convinced that non-WWE physicians will clear him for a return to action.
WON also notes that Bryan has a new style that he's working on to reduce risk and maintain his endearing technical style. At this point, Bryan fans would watch him perform a Goldberg-like limited move set and cheer wildly.
It's unlikely the WWE releases Bryan from his contract, but the deal is set to expire in 2018, in which time Bryan will be able to take his talents elsewhere.
Are you ready for more "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chants?