Christopher Daniels Gets Emotional While Considering Retirement

On the latest episode of “Being The Elite,” Christopher Daniels considered his potential retirement. “The Fallen Angel” referenced a classic Dusty Rhodes promo, and shared a tearful message about hanging up his boots. Daniels explained that he doesn’t want to go, but it might be time for his full-time wrestling career to come to a close. The former SCU member told viewers:

“You know, when I was 18 years old, I watched Dusty Rhodes, one of the guys I grew up watching, I watched him win the US title for the very first time,” said Daniels. “He beat Lex Luger, and I was so happy. And I remember, the next week, I was watching television, and he was in the locker room, sitting at a table with the US Championship. And he talked about, after all the time he’d spent in wrestling, he was talking about retiring. He was thinking about retiring. And I remember thinking in my head, you just won the US Championship, one of the biggest titles in pro wrestling. You beat one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling, Lex Luger, and you’re thinking about walking away, Dusty? And he said, I remember plain as day the way he put it, he said, ‘I’m thinking of laying this old body down.’ And I think to myself, at this point in my career, I’ve been in it longer than he was at that time. I’m older now than he was at that time, and I’ve done so much less than he ever did. And I wonder, should I be thinking about laying this body down?”

Daniels followed up by recalling the loss to The Young Bucks, and explained how the outcome helped him gain a new perspective on retirement. Christopher stated:

“I mean, there’s no shame in losing,” said Daniels. “You know, you lose a match to someone like the Young Bucks, of course that thing happens. They’re the best tag team in the world. But maybe the shame is not realizing that that should be your last loss. And people have been talking to me and saying, you know, ‘When are you gonna decide to hang it up, Chris? When will you decide that you’re done?’ And maybe it’s not a decision that you make. Maybe it’s a realization that it’s time. And I’ve got a lot more to say to Frankie and to my family. But this moment, right now, I don’t what’s ahead for me. But I knew at some point, I would walk out a door in an arena and that would be the last time I walk out as a full-time wrestler. And I don’t know if that day is today or not, I don’t know. But if it is, all I can say is thanks. Thank you if you watched. Thank you if you cheered. Thank you if you booed. Just thanks.”

An emotional Daniels broke down after the comments, and collapsed with his head in his hands, while he cried. Christopher begged:

“I don’t want to go, Can’t I stay just a little [longer]?”

(H/T and transcribed by WrestleZone)

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