Bryan Danielson’s accolades as a professional wrestler certainly need no introduction as they proved to be one of the best in the business. He spent several years working in WWE as one of their top stars and towards the end of his run, Bryan Danielson was even part of WWE Creative. It seems he left WWE because he wanted to be allowed the freedom to bleed in matches.

The former WWE Champion had a terrific run in Vince McMahon’s company where he went on to become one of the most beloved babyfaces in the company’s history and won several world titles during his time there.

While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Danielson detailed one of his final conversations with Vince McMahon, where Danielson stated that he wanted to leave WWE as he simply wanted the freedom to bleed in matches. This was something that was not possible in WWE.

“I don’t like to divulge my conversations with Vince at all because I know he’s a very private person, but I will say this, one of the things….when I finally made my decision I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m set on this decision’, and he was kind of asking me why (leaving WWE for AEW) and I said, ‘You know, there’s part of me too that just wants to be able to bleed’ and he immediately said, ‘Well, I’m sorry I’ll never be able to give you that.’ So yeah, it’s not like I want to do it all the time. There’s something, I don’t know, incredibly life-affirming about it, as strange as that sounds.”


Bryan Danielson certainly bled during his intense and physical match against Jon Moxley at AEW Revolution. With William Regal helping them get on the same page, it remains to be seen if Danielson and Moxley will become a tag team or not.

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