Following his arrival in AEW, Bryan Danielson has discussed how one of his reasons for joining the company was similar to CM Punk, as well as how his relationship had been with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
The former Daniel Bryan, as well as a past WWE Championship holder, entered the NOW Arena just before the end of AEW’s All Out pay-per-view, helping to clear the ring of The Elite following Kenny Omega retaining the AEW Title against Christian Cage and Adam Cole joining the group.
Taking part in the post-show media scrum, Danielson talked about how the Celebration Of Life For Brodie Lee was a key element in his decision to join the company.
I’d heard something I don’t know over the past week or something that one of the things that really turned Punk was the Brodie Lee show. That was also one of the things that I saw it and I mean, so many of us loved him so much, right? And so we saw it, we saw how special it was. And we saw like, okay, we’re gonna stop what we’re normally doing and do that and I thought like, that was really special to me.
Danielson also went on to discuss his former employer Vince McMahon, and pointed out his tendency to be over-protective of talent.
But so that was when I really started kind of thinking about it knowing that my contract was coming up, but the final decision, honestly was just like, I started thinking about things in WWE, [WWE] was so gracious with me. As far as the offer that they gave me, they were gonna let me go do some other stuff outside. But there’s just I hate to say this, there’s some times that Vince and I have a great relationship. And I love him. I do. Sometimes he’s overprotective of me. And I want to be able to push my limits.
That’s one of the things that I love about this is the physicality of what we do out there and being able to push my limits. And being able to do that here in a safe manner is one of the things that really drew me here. Then there’s also I just think there’s an excitement, you know what I mean? There’s just an excitement, you see the crowd, I mean, I think you’ll all see it, probably, we’re all out there. And you felt it, you know what I mean? And you felt how excited people are about this product, and it feels vibrant, and it makes you feel like, even just watching it through a TV screen in a trailer. And I’m seeing that God, this is awesome, right? Like, I want to be a part of this.
Right and so that was, you know, that was it, although it was, I don’t know, I really battled back and forth. Because there’s a lot of people there that I consider family and, you know, people that I love there. So you know, it was a, it was a really tough decision.
There were plenty of newsworthy points made during the scrum, including Danielson discussing the possibility of his wife Brie Bella joining him in AEW.
Danielson will make his AEW Dynamite debut this Wednesday, and will no doubt discuss with the live crowd what his intentions are in the company.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.