According to a report by The Wrestling Observer, the word sent out internally within WWE was that the Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) release was legitimate and the announcement of his departure on WWE.com was as legit as any other release from the company would be.

All of the WWE “higher-ups” in the company were reportedly informed he was gone before it was posted on WWE.com. Given the timing, many were finding it hard to believe. However, the idea the company would work its own employees for an angle was another thing taken into consideration over the news. The creative team was also informed on Friday that Danielson was gone.

Update: Get a new update on the release at this link.