Bryan Danielson appeared on Casual conversation with The Classic and talk about why he decided to switch to AEW. The former WWE Superstar also discussed his favorite run with WWE.
Danielson notes that his move to AEW was not for a single reason. He recalls paying tribute to Brodie Lee and wanting to try a very different style in the ring was part of the reason why he converted.
“It wasn’t necessarily a moment or anything like that, although I was particularly moved – like many people – by the AEW program in tribute to Brodie Lee,” Danielson began. “He was such a good friend of mine and for me they went above and beyond, especially for his son, you know what I mean? For the wife and all that.
“It really touched my heart and so I watched a lot of Zack Saber Jr. – I like him very much. I think he’s my favorite wrestler to watch, I think because before I started in WWE I did some very active technical wrestling with a mix of different submissions. Then I watched Zack struggle more and more and he was like, ‘woah.’ He’s just blowing away stuff that I think is really cool.”
Having the freedom in AEW to change his position in the ring is appealing to Danielson, who sometimes feels “stuck” by what WWE wants him to do.
“WWE clearly wanted ‘Yes Guy’ Daniel Bryan because it was marketable,” Danielson said. “Perform the ‘yes’ sentence. To me, it felt a bit like it had trapped me in certain ways. Someone longing for freedom. My favorite part of my whole WWE run was when I was the champion of the planet and I didn’t do the ‘yes’ at all. “
As noted earlier, Danielson said he is trying to find where he can best serve wrestling and give back. After talking with various people, including Eddie Kingston, Danielson felt AEW gave him the best options.
Since Zack Saber Jr was mentioned in the interview, Danielson was asked if New Japan was his future.
“WWE will let me do some shows in New Japan, I don’t know how many,” Danielson said. “It’s interesting because the pandemic that’s going on as it is right now it’s not really urgent and people, like myself included, aren’t very good at looking at the long-term picture of things. I was thinking that in 18 months I would be able to wrestle in New Japan when the pandemic was over because I was mostly thinking, ‘Okay, how will my next week look or whatever. ‘
“On both sides, I could have been able to wrestle in Japan, but then I had the idea of spending more time at home with my kids. Although it was a very difficult decision, there were times when I went one way or the other.”
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