Bryan Danielson has explained why he felt “relieved” when he heard shocking news that Cody Rhodes was to leave AEW after originally fearing much worse.
The news that Cody and Brandi Rhodes were to set to leave AEW shocked the wrestling world as the two were integral to the creation of the company in 2019.
AEW star Bryan Danielson revealed to the Metro that he was relieved when he found out that the couple were leaving AEW, as he originally misinterpreted a message from his wife and feared something much worse had happened.
“You have to understand my relationship to this story breaking is a little bit different because I’m not on the internet very much. So I woke up, had no idea, I texted Tony Khan something about some idea I had or whatever.”
“Completely oblivious. I’m driving to the airport and my wife [Brie Bella] texts me, and I usually don’t check it but it comes up on the thing and it said, ‘Did you hear about Cody and Brandi?’ And the first thing that went through my head is, ‘Oh no, did something happen? Did they get in a crash? Did something bad happen to their daughter?’ I’m thinking, worst-case scenario.”
“I call her and I say, ‘What happened with Cody and Brandi?’ And she said, ‘They’re leaving AEW.’ And it was almost a relief [laugh].”
Danielson went on to say that after it had sunk in, he thought he had better get back to Tony Khan and make sure everything was alright.
“I’ve still got an hour more until I get to the airport, I get there, and then it finally sinks in, because Tony never got back to my text, ‘Oh, I should probably text Tony and be like, is everything ok?’”
“At the end of the day – I’ve known Cody for a long time – all I want is for him and Brandi to be happy. That’s kind of my relationship to the story. I saw it from a totally different perspective of, ‘Oh no did they die?’ And then it turns out, ‘Thank God it’s just that.’”
Bryan Danielson’s next big match for AEW is scheduled for Sunday, 6th of March at Revolution. At the event, ‘The American Dragon’ will take on former AEW Champion Jon Moxley in singles action.