A former member of WWE’s creative team believes that AEW is misusing Bryan Danielson.
Freddie Prinze Jr. served as a creative writer in WWE twice, once from 2008 to 2009 and then again between 2010 and 2012. He has been a wrestling fan for a long time and that fandom inspired him to start his Wrestling With Freddie podcast.
And it was on that very podcast that Prinze criticized AEW for booking Bryan Danielson to lose so much, despite being one of the biggest wrestling stars of the past decade or more.
“Bryan Danielson has been under-serviced as far as character development and story goes. I feel like he has been under-serviced in his matches. I feel like he’s lost more matches than he’s needed to lose. I feel like his motivation for wrestling hasn’t been written as well as it could be written. … It’s become a part of his backstage interviews, where there is a little bit of people questioning his motivation and not his toughness, so to speak, but just his reasoning and rational, and this son-of-a-b**** has had enough.”
As of November 6th, 2022, Bryan Danielson has wrestled 45 matches in AEW, both singles and tags. Of those, he lost nine, had one 60-minute draw, and won all the rest. Danielson also recently lost to Chris Jericho in his quest to win the ROH World Title again.
h/t WrestlingInc for the transcription