Bryan Danielson made his mark as a pro wrestling veteran as he has competed in several promotions over the years and honed his craft before making a name for himself in WWE. Danielson’s shocking debut at the end of AEW All Out sent shockwaves across the pro wrestling world as well.

After Bryan’s WWE contract expired a few months ago, many fans wondered where he would go next. Danielson had previously mentioned his desire to wrestle in other pro wrestling companies.

In the end, Bryan Danielson joined AEW as he simply loves pro wrestling too much and doesn’t care about the business side of things.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the offers Bryan Danielson received from both WWE and AEW would’ve allowed him to wrestle in NJPW. The deciding factor was the fact that he felt AEW was the best thing for the overall improvement of the business.

“Both offers (from WWE and AEW) were money wise similar and both would have allowed him to do New Japan. WWE was going to allow him to do New Japan and he was trying to open the door for other people in WWE that wanted to go to New Japan to be able to do that but that seems to be a dead issue right now from a WWE standpoint. I haven’t heard anything about WWE guys going to New Japan.

One of the things that he was talking about making his decision about was what would be the best thing for the industry as a whole as opposed what would be the best thing for him…perhaps, probably in looking at the picture, he may have felt like Mick Foley did many many years ago when he went to TNA, that the best thing for the industry is competition at a high level and Mick Foley went to TNA years ago for that reason.

At the end of the day, I am sure that he probably got along really good with Tony Khan but he is a big Vince McMahon fan, more than people really understand. He’s a big fan of Vince McMahon as a person, so it was not an easy decision. His wife and his sister-in-law are probably gonna be back in WWE. They have said that.

They are not going to AEW as far as I know. ..It was (John Laurinaitis’) job to make sure that Bryan signed and did not go so that’s a tricky thing there but at the end of the day, he made the decision to go.”

Bryan Danielson already confronted AEW World Champion Kenny Omega on this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite. From the looks of it, it seems the two will be feuding going forward, much to the delight of fans.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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