Bryan Danielson

Bryan Danielson Talks Difficult Decision To Leave WWE, Having Zero Communication With CM Punk

Did Bryan Danielson talk with CM Punk before signing on the dotted line with All Elite Wrestling?

The longtime pro wrestling veteran discussed this and more on an appearance on ESPN SportsNation on Wednesday to promote his highly-anticipated AEW in-ring debut against Kenny Omega at Dynamite: Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On why tonight is the biggest match of his career: “I just woke up this morning super excited and grateful,” Danielson said. “My entire journey has led me here. In a lot of ways this feels like the biggest match of my career and just the time, setting, person I’m going to be in the ring going against. These ideas I have, I really want these next three years that I’m going to be in AEW, I really want it to be the climax of my career. The best version of Bryan Danielson possible. I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself, some people might say it’s putting a lot of stress on myself but there’s good stress and bad stress. I’m pretty pumped.”

On his difficult decision to leave WWE: “For me, it was actually a really difficult decision but at the end of the day, there were just so many new people that I wanted to wrestle with,” Danielson noted. “In WWE I had wrestled so many of the same people a lot of times and I loved wrestling those guys. I could wrestle Cesaro a million times and be very satisfied with my life.

“There were all these young talents that are awesome in AEW but then there’s the veteran guys like Kenny Omega who’s really turned into one of, if not the best wrestler in the world in the last five years. There’s all these people that I went, oh, I can’t stop wrestling without wrestling these guys. I think AEW as a company is so exciting from a modernization of wrestling standpoint that it’s been a really fun product to follow.”

On whether or not he spoke to CM Punk before signing with AEW: “We’ve had next to zero communication,” Danielson said. “As a lot of my friends know, I’m a horrible communicator. I didn’t know about the [CM] Punk stuff until it happened right, but it seemed very fitting. I actually wrote in my book that came out in 2015 that I was sad because I always thought there would be this big WrestleMania moment I would have with CM Punk.

“It just felt inevitable, it felt like destiny that this would happen. Our journeys were so similar, we both traveled through such difficult roads to get to where we are and it just seemed like magic. I wrote in my book that it makes me sad that that will most likely never happen, and then now here we are in 2021 and it’s a real possibility. I had heard him say in an interview recently that I hadn’t even thought of but it’s not just me against CM Punk, it’s teaming with CM Punk. He had said something about maybe me and him against The Young Bucks and I was like oh my God, that would be awesome.”

Check out the complete interview at YouTube.com. H/T to Wrestling Inc for transcribing the above quotes.

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