Bryan Danielson has opened up about why being seen as a “top guy” in AEW isn’t something he cares about.
On the latest edition of Dynamite, Bryan Danielson secured his spot in the final of the AEW Grand Slam Tournament of Champions by defeating Chris Jericho.
He will now go on to face his Blackpool Combat Club teammate, Jon Moxley, to determine the new AEW World Champion.
The World Champion of a wrestling company is normally seen as that promotion’s top guy, however, Danielson has admitted that having that perception is not something he’s interested in.
Speaking to Justin Barrasso during an interview with Sports Illustrated, Danielson said he isn’t bothered about being seen as a top guy or even a locker room leader. Despite this, he also revealed that Championship matches are his favourite kind of bout.
“For me, it’s not about being the top guy. I don’t care about that. And it’s not about leading the locker room. You can be a leader without the title. I like the feeling of big championship matches. Championship matches are my favourite kind of matches to wrestle. It’s a different feeling from anything else”
Turning to the Tournament of Champions, the star said he’s “pumped” about the tournament as it adds gravity to all of the matches.
“This is an opportunity to create more excitement. I’m pretty pumped about the title tournament. It just lends gravity to all these matches. I’m really excited”
Adding to his comment about Championship matches, Bryan Danielson conceded that he does want to be the AEW World Champion as it’ll mean more bouts of that kind.
“I want to be world champion because being in championship matches is unlike anything else. Those matches, they’ve got a different tension. I love the feeling of a big title match. Those are the feelings and emotions I’m chasing”
Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley will clash over the vacant AEW World Championship on September 21st during the Dynamite Grand Slam special at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.