Bryan Danielson has recalled his feelings at his last appearance at WrestleMania back in April 2021 and why he felt like he was “gonna die” that night.
At WrestleMania 37 the main event saw men’s Royal Rumble winner Edge clash with the man then known as Daniel Bryan and the WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Although traditionally the title match is a one-on-one affair, Danielson was inserted into this story to make it a Triple Threat match – just like he had been when he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30.
In the end, The Tribal Chief – with some assistance from The Bloodline – stacked Danielson and Edge on top of one another and pinned both men to cement his status at The Head Of The Table.
Speaking on Casual Conversations, the now number one contender to the AEW World Championship Bryan Danielson discussed why he didn’t feel like he belonged in that main event and what he could have been doing that night instead:
“So I don’t really do that. It’s not in my mindset to look back and be like wow that was amazing or anything like that. The Wrestlemania moment was just weird, I really honestly didn’t feel like I belonged in that triple threat match with Roman and Edge. I thought the story was strong enough on its own for it to be just them.”
“I didn’t know for sure what I was going to do contract-wise, but I knew I was going to be taking some time off. When my contract expired, it was the last day of April. I was like okay even If I come back I should do something where I wrestle somebody else and kind of put them over at Wrestlemania. I thought Jey Uso would’ve been a great choice for that but you know somebody else in that vein.”
The American Dragon then discussed how he felt making his way to the ring in front of almost 30,000 fans in Raymond James Stadium. For Danielson, it was a feeling of emptiness:
“So that was my thinking going out. When I walked out for the match at Wrestlemania, it felt so empty. Fans were cheering and all that kind of stuff. When I wrestle, I feel everything. What I remember most about that match is just feeling empty and thinking oh man, I legitimately felt like am I gonna die… Is this a premonition that I’m gonna die? And I wasn’t even freaked out.“
Bryan Danielson recently defeated Colt Cabana on AEW Dynamite and will face another Dark Order member in Alan Angels when Dynamite rolls into Georgia.