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Bryan Danielson Admits He Needs To Wrestle Fewer Matches

Bryan Danielson & Dustin Rhodes

Bryan Danielson has admitted that one of the benefits of joining AEW is that he can wrestle fewer matches, rather than trying to take it easy when he is in the ring.

Since making his AEW debut at All Out on September 5th, Bryan Danielson has remained undefeated in his six televised matches to date. The most noteworthy of these being his 30-minute draw with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega at AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. A match Danielson himself described as “ten out of ten.”

It has also been noted by many fans that Danielson is back to wrestling a harder-hitting style, more reminiscent of his earlier career outside of WWE.

Speaking to WEEI in Boston, Bryan Danielson discussed his wrestling style and overall need to wrestle less. Something he explained is better for him than trying to take it easy when he is in the ring.

“I’m a little more judicious, but, realistically, the big thing that has changed, and this was a choice when I re-signed my last WWE contract and when I came to AEW, and one of the benefits of AEW, is that I need to be doing less matches because I like to go hard. If you tell me, ‘Go a little bit lighter today,’ it’s easy to say but in practice it doesn’t work like that.

I don’t care if there are 20,000 people like at Arthur Ashe Stadium or if there are 85 people, and I’ve wrestled in front of less than a 100 people many times, the people still pay their money to see the show and you want to give them a great show. It’s hard for people like me to pull back. Really, it’s about doing a less number of matches per year and focusing on the quality of those matches and making sure I give the live crowd something they are happy they paid their money to see,”

On the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite, Bryan Danielson was in action against Dustin Rhodes. The bout was a first round clash in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament. The eight-man tournament will come to a climax at Full Gear with the victor going on to face the winner of the clash between Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.