Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 8, 2016
Pro Wrestling Sheet (which thus far has had pretty reliable sources) says that this is indeed a real retirement announcement and not a storyline bait and switch.
Several top WWE stars have Tweeted support for Bryan:
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) February 8, 2016
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) February 8, 2016
Some dragons are real. . .#ThankYouDanielBryan
— Stardust (@StardustWWE) February 8, 2016