There is no doubt that Bryan Danielson is one of the most established 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. He was also a massive star in WWE before debuting in AEW. In fact, Vince McMahon even asked him once what AEW did better than WWE.
The American Dragon 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 and earned the respect of many in the company.
In the end, Bryan Danielson joined AEW in 2021 as he simply loves pro wrestling too much and doesn’t care about the business side of things. He had also previously stated that Vince McMahon was too overprotective of him sometimes.
While speaking during a feature story on the Bloomberg site, Bryan Danielson revealed that in 2020, Vince McMahon contacted him and asked if he saw anything AEW is doing better than WWE. Mr. McMahon might have been more interested in the “blood and guts” filled competition than he let on.
Bryan Danielson, one of WWE’s top stars, says that in early 2020 McMahon called him and asked a question that shocked the wrestler: “Do you see anything that AEW’s doing better than us?” Danielson, at home on paternity leave, spent the next two weeks watching every morsel of AEW programming and came to a conclusion: AEW committed more time to and placed more value on the craft of fighting in the ring. WWE’s shows were often marked by long segments of characters on the microphone and short matches. “It feels like you’re watching a wrestling show without any wrestling,” Danielson told McMahon.
Bryan Danielson will always have a great relationship with WWE and the door is always open for a return to the company whenever possible. That being said, Danielson is likely to stay with AEW for many years to come and that’s all that matters to him.
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