There is no doubt that Bryan Danielson is one of the most established names in the world of professional wrestling right now and he was a major name in WWE, where he worked under Vince McMahon. Danielson has now revealed what Vince McMahon told him when it came to replicating AEW’s success in 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.

While speaking on a SXSW Panel, Bryan Danielson was asked what AEW needs to do to potentially reach the next level. While elaborating his point, Danielson revealed that Vince McMahon once asked him what AEW was doing and what WWE was not.

If you look at Dynamite and look at ‘where can we make improvements to gain an audience here or to touch people to a different level. The idea is you can’t make big changes because Dynamite is already successful. This is what we were talking about in WWE. Vince McMahon actually called me one night, I was part of WWE creative, and he called me one night and said, ‘What is AEW doing that we’re not doing?’ I went back and watched eight straight weeks of TV within the span of six days and was like, ‘there is a whole list of things.’ What you don’t want to do, in getting to the next level, is to change the things that are already working because there are so many things already working. Then, it’s experimenting with different things.”


Bryan Danielson will always have a great relationship with WWE and the door is always open for a return to the company whenever possible. However, Danielson is likely to stay with AEW for many years to come and that’s all that matters to him.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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