Bryan Danielson has opened up about how proud he is regarding the growth of All Elite Wrestling as a pro wrestling company.
The main event of the fifth AEW Double or Nothing event saw Bryan Danielson and the Blackpool Combat Club defeat The Elite in an “Anarchy in the Arena” match.
There certainly was some anarchy toward the finish of the match when Konosuke Takeshita showed up and turned on The Elite, which allowed Wheeler Yuta to finish off Kenny Omega for the big win.
For Bryan Danielson, it was the second straight AEW pay-per-view event where he was in the main event. At Revolution in March, Bryan Danielson lost a 60+ minute Iron Man Match against AEW World Champion MJF in what will likely be remembered as one of the best matches of the year.
After spending over a decade in WWE using the name Daniel Bryan, the “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson debuted in AEW in September 2021. Earlier that same year, Bryan headlined WrestleMania 37 with Roman Reigns and Edge as The Tribal Chief found a way to win again.
At the post-Double or Nothing press conference that aired on AEW’s Youtube channel, Bryan Danielson spoke with pride when talking about how well All In was doing and impressive it is that they have sold 65,000+ tickets for their England debut at Wembley Stadium on August 27th.
“I’m really proud of the work that we’re doing here and proud of the work we’ve been able to do. I never thought I’d do another hour-long match again in my life and I’ve done two of them. And I’m very proud of both of them. I’m proud of the work that we do here. I’m proud of the wrestling that we do here. I’m proud of a lot of the talent…especially the younger talent.”
“When you feel like you start getting old, you see these people who come up to you and say, ‘I watched you when I was a kid!’ It’s like, ‘oh no…’ But then, to see them grow, in just a little over the year and a half I’ve been here, it’s so rewarding. I’ve loved the experience. Also, I’ve never been at a place where the company has so much heart for the wrestlers — and that is so meaningful and makes me feel so grateful for this place.”
“It’s great to have a second option, a competitor, to the company that kind of had a monopoly on TV wrestling for the last however long…but to do it with such grace, to be so successful so quick…how many tickets have we sold at Wembley at this point? It’s unbelievable. It makes me feel proud just to even be here.”