In WWE, Bryan Danielson was known as the ‘Leader Of The Yes! Movement’, however, the AEW star says there are times when he was forced to do the popular chant.
During his time in WWE as Daniel Bryan, Bryan Danielson made the word “Yes” a huge part of his character as he experienced a groundswell of support from WWE fans which led to him headlining WrestleMania 30 in 2014.
In one of the most iconic moments seen on the Grandest Stage Of Them All, Danielson defeated Batista and Randy Orton to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion in what became known as the Miracle on Bourbon Street.
However, Bryan Danielson has admitted there were times where he would rather not throw his hands in the air and shout “Yes!” to the crowd.
In an interview with Renee Paquette on The Sessions as part of Starrcast V, the Blackpool Combat Club member said that there were occasions where he was “forced to do it”.
“I’ve never had the knee-jerk reaction to do the yes! I either purposely did it on my own thinking that this was really funny and fun, or I was forced to do it.”
“That picture that they have got behind me, that is from the main event of WrestleMania 30 where I have two titles. My neck was in really bad shape and the people at ringside went ‘Keep yes-ing! Keep yes-ing!’ I was like oh this sucks.”
After several months on the injured list, Bryan Danielson returned to action on AEW Fight For The Fallen in a losing effort to Jericho Appreciation Society star Daniel Garcia.
H/T to Inside The Ropes for the above transcription.