Bryan Danielson said that no one thing led to his choice to join AEW, but ultimately a desire to physically push his limits was a driving force.
“I hate to say this, but… Vince [McMahon] and I have a great relationship. And I love him, I do. Sometimes he’s overprotective of me. And I want to be able to push my limits,” Danielson said at the post-All Out media scrum. Danielson debuted for AEW in the show-closing segment of All Out.
“That’s one of the things that I love about this, is the physicality of what we do and being able to push my limits.”
Danielson stated that a desire to have a portion of his life be “wild” also contributed to his decision.
“I don’t know how many of you are married or have kids. When you’re married and you have kids, your life becomes a little bit tame. I love it, but it’s a little bit tame,” Danielson said.
“I need one part of my life that’s a little bit wild.”
Danielson also revealed that WWE was going to allow him to do things outside of the company, but did not specifically state if that would have entailed wrestling elsewhere. Perhaps to that end, Danielson expressed a desire to do some work in NJPW and also in Mexico.
“WWE was so gracious to me as far as the offer that they gave me. They were going to let me go do some other stuff outside,” said Danielson. “I really battled back and forth, because there’s a lot of people there that I consider family, that actually are my family, and people that I love there. So, it was a really tough decision.”
Danielson said that there was no one tipping point that led to his decision to leave WWE, but pointed to AEW’s Brodie Lee tribute show as one of the first things that got him thinking of making a move to AEW.
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In response to a question about the possibility of his wife Brie Bella joining AEW, Danielson downplayed the possibility.
“That would be very difficult. It was hard for me to go, because I have so many ties within WWE. She’s happy there, she has so many business connections there, so I don’t know,” said Danielson.
Bryan also addressed the possibility of not leading his signature “Yes!” chants, as he wants to make certain that doing so would not in any way be a snub to WWE.
I respect the people that I have worked for before and their intellectual property,” Danielson said. “The fans doing it is great, but I’m not sure if I’m going to do it. ”