As noted, Bryan Danielson recently spoke with TV Insider for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
In addition to the highlights we previously published from the interview, “The American Dragon” also spoke about how AEW fans remained loyal to “Hangman” Adam Page and decided to boo him instead now that they are on a collision course for a title showdown at AEW Dynamite: Winter Is Coming later this month.
Additionally, the longtime pro wrestling veteran discussed the mental and physical health of the wrestlers in AEW, as well as whether or not he originally planned to wrestle every week when he first made the jump from WWE to AEW earlier this year.
Featured below are some more highlights from the interview where he touches on these topics with his thoughts.
On how the crowd stayed supportive of “Hangman” Adam Page and began booing him: “It’s all a lot easier when they care about someone. If Hangman Page wasn’t someone people cared about, it would have been very easy for the crowd to turn on him, rather than me. They love this guy. I haven’t done anything so mean or dastardly, yet. I try to not make great changes in my character. I think my time in AEW, I’ve been aggressive, a little bit of a jerk [who] people like. But it’s not hard to switch to a jerk who people don’t like.”
On how AEW handles the mental and physical health of its performers: “AEW has done a great job. They had big plans for [Jon] Moxley. Tony [Khan] had no problem putting those plans aside so he can take care of himself. I think it takes a lot for Jon to be so open about the troubles he has been having. Eddie Kingston wrote a great piece in The Player’s Tribune about dealing with his mental health issues. We were talking about this idea of service and giving back. All of us have different gifts and have gone through different struggles. Eddie’s stories speak to a lot of people. That’s really powerful. He can help people going through the same thing.”
On whether it was planned for him to wrestle every week: “There wasn’t necessarily a plan to wrestle each week. I’m a firm believer that too much time between matches makes matches hurt more. For me, the optimal number of matches is eight to 10 a month. That’s what I realized in WWE. In my last contract with WWE, I got a lighter schedule to be at home more. It was really limited to 10 shows a month. I don’t want to wrestle 227 matches a year, but I find wrestling every week makes my body feel better. I’m prepped better for longer and bigger matches. I look forward to wrestling every week.”
Check out the complete interview at TVInsider.com.
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