Ric Flair recently gave his thoughts on Bryan Danielson. Speaking with Mark Madden on his Wooooo Nation UNCENSORED podcast, The Nature Boy talked about how he believes Triple H made Danielson’s career with their match at WrestleMania 30. He went into detail about what he thinks of Danielson, and it doesn’t sound like Flair places him among the all-time greats.
During the podcast, Madden asked Flair what he thought of Danielson’s work. Flair responded, “It’s okay.” He then went into detail about what he likes and doesn’t like and how he believes HHH putting him over made him.
“I didn’t say he wasn’t a good worker. When Hunter put him over at [WrestleMania 30], that made him. He’s a very talented kid, don’t misunderstand me, but you have to have one match, one place, one day, somewhere that makes you who you are. Hunter, who only wrestles once in a while, came out and the match started off slow but they ended up having a world-class match.
He’s a hell of a performer, I don’t see him as being Kenny Omega. As a babyface, he’s not Ricky Steamboat. As a heel, he’s not me. If that pisses people off, they have to live with history.”
Ric Flair says that while he’s not AJ Styles, he likes Danielson’s conditioning and work ethic. He said he is willing to take great bumps. He called him a hell of a hand.
“They tore the joint down. That is the night that made Bryan. I like him a lot personally. He’s got a style…he’s not AJ Styles by any means. He’s a little bit smaller than AJ. He’s not AJ Styles. I like his conditioning, he works hard, he’ll do anything and sacrifice his body at all odds. He’ll throw himself around and take incredible bumps. He’s a hell of a hand.
You’re asking me who is good and who is great. He’s very good. As a babyface, it’s more believable. He can sell his ass off so when he’s making a comeback, it’s more fun to watch him make a comeback against bigger guys. It’s harder for me to believe he’s going to hold someone down. As a babyface, who is just average size but loaded with talent, I much prefer to see him fighting from underneath.”
Bryan Danielson will challenge Hangman Adam Page for the AEW World Championship at tonight’s Dynamite: Winter is Coming. The American Dragon earned the right at his first AEW title shot by winning the company’s recent World Title Eliminator tournament over Miro at the Full Gear PPV. Dynamite airs live at 8 PM eastern on TNT.
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