Bryan Danielson is certainly one of the most accomplished names in the world of professional wrestling right now. He spent several years in promotions all around the world, including NOAH, ROH and numerous independent companies. It seems Bryan is a big bully backstage in AEW.
Danielson was a guest on The Ringer Wrestling Podcast’s most recent episode. He talked about AEW’s Hook’s youthful age and being a big bully in the locker room throughout the conversation. Danielson has been mixing it up in the ring with numerous up-and-coming talents since joining AEW.
Hook is one of AEW’s newest rising stars. Hook, on the other hand, grew up during a different era of professional wrestling. As a result of the age discrepancy, Hook’s reference points for his AEW in-ring career are radically different from Danielson’s. Bryan brought up references of matches like Vader vs Sting from 1992 to highlight that.
You have to understand that I’m a real bully. I start to bully people around a little bit. And people will laugh and think that’s funny, but it’s actually very true. I don’t bully, like, I don’t bully people I don’t know. I bully people like Paul Wight and Mark Henry. Like, when I came in, and Paul saw me and he goes, ‘oh no, the bully’s back’. More so, like, one of the things that I like is to just create discussion, interesting conversation, commodity amongst the boys, more so than anything else. Like I’m not trying to teach them anything about professional wrestling per se. But, one of the things that I enjoy the most and one of the things I missed being away from professional wrestling when I was forced to retire and not one of the boys is that most of us, for the most part, are a little weird. And like, you know, we’ve all got like, little weird things. So I just, I enjoy being in the locker room. I enjoy like, the different conversations. I enjoy, you know, all the different dynamics of different people and all that kind of stuff.
We all, we all come to this from a different thing, you know, and I’ve really enjoyed that over the years. Especially you get younger guys in there. You know, you get someone like Hook in there, who’s super young. You get Lee Moriarity and Daniel Garcia. I told, we were talking about bullying actually on Wednesday and I said, ‘yeah, I’ve just now started bullying Lee Moriarity,’ and he goes, ‘you won’t bully me’. Like, just dead straight. I love that. He’s awesome in the sense that he’s, he’s quiet, but he’s not shy. He’s very confident in himself and that’s super cool. We’re just having fun, but it’s like, yeah. That’s kind of the dynamic. I come in and try to bully people and then sometimes the tables get turned around.
Bryan Danielson’s return to AEW has him reunited with a number of former WWE wrestlers. Paul Wight and Mark Henry, who were both engaged in his first World Championship triumph in WWE, are two of those faces. However, Danielson claims that he has a reputation for bullying superstars he knows, such as Wight and Henry.
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h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.