Bryan Danielson has revealed that he only sees himself continuing as a full-time wrestler for the next three years.
The former Daniel Bryan has opened up on the fact that he almost left wrestling altogether before agreeing to join AEW. It also seems that, despite only debuting on 5th September, he already has the next few years somewhat mapped out.
Danielson’s WWE contract officially ended on 30th April, the same night he lost to Roman Reigns on SmackDown and was banished from the blue brand. Many did not realise the significance of the timing and the match, however speculation soon started about his contract and ‘The American Dragon’ would show up at AEW All Out just a few months later.
Speaking on WFAN, Danielson gave his reasons for taking some time off and also commented that he may not have come back at all.
A lot of people look at as there being two options; either WWE or AEW. I’m like, ‘or I could just do an Independent schedule where I don’t sign with anybody. I did (think about it). I also thought about not coming back to wrestling at all, in the sense of at least the next couple of years. I wanted to take the summer off because my daughter started preschool. Just being at home with her every day, she’s four, I’ve left every week or almost every week. I loved it and she loved it, me being home every night. I FaceTime her every night and she’s like, ‘Daddy, I miss you, I miss your cuddles. Momma doesn’t cuddle me like you do.’ The idea of stepping away until my son starts preschool so I could be there every day for him and my daughter. Then, I’m missing maybe the four years of my productive athletic career and I might not be the same at 45 as I am at 40.
Whilst seeing the next three years of the climax of his career, Danielson confirmed that he does see this time as his last as a full-time wrestler.
I see these next three years as my last three years as a full-time wrestler. I don’t want to see it as, ‘Okay, he’s tapering off.’ This is the climax of my career. This is the climax of my career, these next three years. It all starts tomorrow.
Bryan Danielson will face AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a non-title contest as his in-ring debut on AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam this Wednesday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Since his debut at All Out, ‘The American Dragon’ has had his sights set on Omega with the match officially being confirmed on last week’s episode of Dynamite.
Ahead of the match, Danielson has penned a heartfelt thank you to WWE and in particular singled out Vince McMahon for special praise.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.