Bryan Danielson has shared what was scary about joining AEW when he started with the company in 2021.
Over the last 20 years, Bryan Danielson has established himself as one of the best pro wrestlers on the plan. From his indies to ROH in the 2000s to his WWE run from 2010 to 2021 and now in AEW, Danielson is known for having good matches with anybody. In addition to that, he is able to play off the crowd really well whether he is a babyface like when he headlined WrestleMania 30 or a heel during his last WWE Title reign in 2019 as Daniel Bryan.
In 2021 after he headlined WrestleMania 37 night two with Roman Reigns and Edge, Bryan was a free agent. While many people might have assumed he would re-sign with WWE, Danielson chose to join AEW that summer instead of re-signing with WWE.
On a recent episode of One Fall with Ron Funches, Bryan spoke about what was
“The scary part of it was stepping outside of this comfort zone that I had in WWE. And also, in AEW, you see them doing some pretty risky things. I was like, I don’t know if physically I can do that anymore. Over the last year-plus, I’ve proven to myself that I can, which is kind of one of the things I was looking for as I was 40 then, I’m 41 now, to see if I can still do some of those things to physically test myself.”
Bryan also spoke about how his wife, WWE Hall of Famer Brie Bella, has wondered why Bryan pushes himself physically so much.
“A lot of people, my wife included, are like, ‘Why do you constantly desire to test yourself, to test your body’s capabilities?’ And I don’t know why I have that desire, but I do.”
This coming Wednesday on the November 30th episode of AEW Dynamite, Bryan will face Dax Harwood for the first time in their careers.