Bryan Danielson says wrestling Kenny Omega may now top the list of his favourite experiences in a wrestling match after the two stars battled to a draw.
Danielson has had an exemplary wrestling career, from his days on the independent scene to winning the Ring Of Honor World Championship to his iconic career in WWE as Daniel Bryan where he became one of the most unlikely WrestleMania main eventers ever.
Speaking to 6ABC in Philadelphia, The American Dragon says one recent experience in the ring might just top the lot:
“As I’m out there and the crowd is going crazy…when you look back on favourite matches, it’s hard because there is a recency bias, but that was my favorite experience in a match. My favorite experience before was wrestling Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania, but I think that may have topped it.”
Bryan Danielson wrestled AEW World Champion Kenny Omega to a thirty-minute draw in New York City at AEW Grand Slam. The match was well received by fans and critics with the Wrestling Observer awarding the bout five stars.
Danielson continued, describing the contrast from that match to that of a very early outing in his career with fellow AEW megastar, CM Punk:
“One of the things I think about in these moments where fans are super into something is how lucky I am to be doing this thing I love to this incredible reaction. I haven’t talked to Punk about it in years, but CM Punk and I wrestled each other, I think it was 2004 or 2005, in this little promotion in Florida in front of 75 people and we wrestled for like 45 minutes.”
“We’re out there in front of so few people and you could hear the people. They were talking, they weren’t even booing us. There’s a guy in the front row and he says to his friend, ‘These guys aren’t very good, are they?’ The guy is like, ‘No, not really.’ It’s not even booing, they’re just talking, but we could hear it. It’s such a deflating experience as opposed to having this experience where fans are excited to see you tie up. Gratitude is what it feels like.”