AEW star Bryan Danielson has revealed one of the first things WWE Chairman Vince McMahon taught him after he joined the company.
Bryan Danielson made his WWE debut in 2010, appearing on the first season of NXT, which at the time was a wrestling/reality show. It was the beginning of an unexpectedly successful tenure which culminated in Danielson capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 30 where he overcame both Batista and Randy Orton.
“I try to be very conscious of things because of my respect for Vince and things he would want me to say and things he wouldn’t want me to say. One of the things he first taught me, and this was before I was close with him, was the ability to use silence and to not say something if you don’t have an answer. If somebody asks you a question, ‘well, maybe we could do…’ and you put out maybe not even your best answer. You could just say, ‘Hmmm, let me think about it.’”
“Sometimes when you talk to him and ask him a question, he’ll sit there and not say a word for 30 seconds or longer, which feels like the longest time in history, but he’s not going to give you a bad answer. He’s not going to give you an off-the-cuff answer.
“The ability to sit and wait and be patient enough, and even if you don’t come up with it, you get, ‘okay, let me think about that.’ That was one of the earliest lessons I learned from him, but there is no trepidation in the back of my mind that he wouldn’t want me to say that [laughs].”
Bryan Danielson had his last match for WWE on the April 30th, 2021 episode of SmackDown. The bout, which was for the Universal Championship, saw him become another victim of Roman Reigns’ record title reign. Danielson rocked the wrestling world months later when he made his first appearance for AEW at the end of All Out 2021.
Bryan Danielson’s next big match will take place at Revolution on March 6th and will see him clash with former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.