Bryan Danielson recently competed in the longest match of his AEW career as he challenged MJF for his AEW World Title but has admitted that another big title match from his days in WWE left him cold.
At Revolution, Danielson took on MJF in a sixty-minute Iron Man match for the AEW World Championship. The match was tied at three falls each when time expired, and it looked like Danielson was set for his second one-hour draw in the company.
However, Tony Khan ordered the title match to continue into sudden death, and MJF, with the help of an oxygen canister, finally put Danielson away, making him submit to his own LeBell Lock.
However, back in early 2021, Bryan Danielson was still Daniel Bryan and part of WWE. At WrestleMania 37, he competed in the second WrestleMania main event of his career as he took part in a Triple Threat match for the Universal Championship against Edge and champion Roman Reigns.
The bout turned out to be the third final one of Danielson’s WWE career but as he told Sports Illustrated, it’s not one that means anything to him:
“That was a match people enjoyed. It didn’t mean anything to me. I felt nothing. You have to remember—it was our first time back in front of a live crowd [since the start of the pandemic], and we were in front of thousands of people.
“I felt nothing during that match. I was trying my best, but it felt like I was going through the motions.
“[…] Putting together the [WrestleMania] match, I could feel a little bit of my apathy, but that’s happened before and then I walk out there and I feel, ‘This is what I live for.’ That was very weird psychologically.
“Something was wrong. It was very glaring to me.”
Roman Reigns met Danielson one-on-one at the end of April, less than three weeks after the WrestleMania bout, with Reigns defeating Danielson again with his SmackDown career on the line, bringing Danielson’s career in WWE to an end.