Bryan Danielson has revealed the part that stood out to him during his time in the WWE. The 40-year-old was a guest on the latest episode of Casual Conversations With The Classic where he talked about his favorite part of the WWE run.

“My favorite part of my whole WWE run was when I was the planet’s champion and I wasn’t doing the ‘yes’ chant at all,” he said. He prefaced the statement by saying he at times felt “trapped” due to the ‘yes’ chats.

“WWE obviously wants ‘Yes Guy’ Daniel Bryan because that’s marketable,” Danielson said. “Doing the ‘yes’ chant. To me, it felt a little bit like it trapped me in certain ways. Somebody who yearns for freedom.”

The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion also talked about possibly showing up at New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), saying his former employer had previously agreed to let him work at Japan’s top wrestling promotion.


“WWE would have let me do some shows in New Japan, I don’t know how much. It’s interesting because given the pandemic in the way it is now it’s not really urgent and humans, like myself included, aren’t great at looking at the long-term picture of things.

“I was like in 18 months I’ll be able to go to wrestle in New Japan when the pandemic is over because I’m mostly thinking like, ‘Okay, what does my next week look like or whatever.”

Danielson said he would’ve been able to wrestle in Japan while contracted to WWE or AEW, but noted he wanted to spend more time with his kids and that made the decision to wrestle in Japan “very difficult.”

Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription. What’s your take on this story? Sound off in the comments!

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