Booker T has explained why he isn’t surprised at the news that Daniel Bryan has signed a deal with All Elite Wrestling and says the times they are a-changing.
Reports making the round earlier this week have suggested that Daniel Bryan has brought an end to his time in WWE and has signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling. Speculation is also suggesting that Bryan could be making his debut for the company at AEW Grand Slam in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York in September.
Now two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T has given his thoughts on Bryan becoming All Elite. Speaking on his Hall Of Fame podcast, Booker says he isn’t surprised by the switch and not even WWE should be mad about it.
Booker T explained:
“I’m not surprised at all, man, as far as guys making the switch and going over. You know, it’s war man. It really is, and these guys have every right to actually do it the way they want to do it if they’re not happy over here. Daniel Bryan has had a great career in WWE, he was making money, even on the independent circuit, this guy has put in the work. So, I’m not gonna hate. I’m not gonna hate. And the thing is, WWE shouldn’t hate either.”
“Basketball players go to different teams every year. You know, we saw LeBron James leave Cleveland and say, ‘Man, I’m going to South Beach, where the women at! You know, it’s hot! The big houses!’ You know what I mean? I understand! I get it, man. I get it. If I was one of those guys, I might be thinking the same exact thing, just like with Daniel Bryan.”
Booker T then discussed why in his view things have changed in the wrestling business. The five-time WCW Champion suggests that Bryan will be having the matches he wants to have and be telling the stories he wants to tell in AEW.
“It’s not like it used to be back in the day where guys wanted to have a 20-year career in WWE. And the thing is, it was different back then. It’s a totally different time now with these young guys and the way they see this business. It’s their world right now, so I can’t sit here and hate on anything Daniel Bryan is doing. One thing about Daniel Bryan and AEW, he’s going to be able to pretty much write his own ticket, go out and have the matches that he wants to have. Go out and create the stories that he wants to create. And that’s what a lot of times a lot of these guys are looking for.”
“I always wanted to be able to create and do my own thing as well. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do that in WWE. That’s why I got Reality of Wrestling. I said, ‘I’ll create my own stories, I’ll create my own angles. I’ll name all the guys!’ One of my greatest names that I came up with was Captain Kurt! *Laughs* It was a good one. That’s what guys want to do. They want to be able to do their own thing right now, and AEW has given a lot of these guys a chance to do their own thing.”
In what could be a truly monumental week for AEW, another former WWE Champion is also being heavily linked with the company, in what would be this star’s return to wrestling after a seven-year absence.