Last Tuesday, Daniel Bryan put pen-to-paper, signing a new WWE deal for close to $1 million a year. The deal is currently a 3 year deal, with an option to add two more years after 18 months, if both parties are satisfied. Bryan is obligated to a minimum of 120 dates per year, with sources expecting this rise to 150, with Bryan securing $8000 per an additional appearance.
The deal is expected to pay Bryan approximately $2 million a year after bonuses and his 15% merchandise revenue is included.
Bryan’s currently sits just inside the Top 10 for merchandise sales, however, this is because he only has 3 items available- 2 T-shirts and a hand towel. Bryan’s T-shirts are a top 5 seller and he’s expected be one of the top stars and top merchandise sellers in the next 12 months, where he is expected to win the WWE Championship once again.
Reports put out by Dave Meltzer and Ryan Satin contained no details as they were purely speculative guesswork, based on the fact Bryan’s previous deal expired on September 1st 2018. Therefore, when Bryan appeared on Tuesday, it was 100% certain he had signed something.
The Dirty Sheets previously reported that Bryan had signed a short-term 90 day from September 1st to December 1st so that the WWE could safely advertise him for Australia. Obviously this new deal replaces the 90 day deal, which was only in-play for 4 days and covered Bryan to appear at 2 weekend house shows in Michigan on the 2nd and 3rd of September- where he twice defeated The Miz.