A new report has suggested that Bryan Danielson wasn’t initially supposed to be part of the huge Triple Threat main event for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 37.
The main event of night two of WrestleMania 37 saw a match up for the ages with Universal Champion Roman Reigns defending his title against Royal Rumble winner Edge and Daniel Bryan. (Bryan Danielson).
Danielson was a relatively late addition to the match after being defeated by Reigns at Fastlane. While Edge acted as the ‘special enforcer’ during the match he attacked both men with a chair after the bout.
Many fans, while happy to see Bryan in the main event, questioned why he was involved in the clash at WrestleMania as the main story centred around Reigns and Edge. It was a fact not lost on the man himself, as Danielson questioned his involvement in the match in an interview following the show.
It has now been reported by Fightful Select that Danielson appeared as a late addition to the match because that’s exactly what he was. In addition, despite a tag team with Kevin Owens being pitched in late 2020, the idea was never given any serious consideration.
With regard to the match at WrestleMania, the report notes that WWE were “well aware” that Danielson’s contract was coming up shortly after the event when the match was booked. The former WWE Champion was also praised for how he handled what turned out to be his final match against Reigns on April 30th.
“WWE sources… spoke highly of Bryan Danielson’s professionalism in working with Roman Reigns and making their match as good as possible on the way out. One source said that “Bryan handled things so well that a lot of people didn’t think he was actually leaving or taking any time off. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
It has also been suggested that because of the way that Bryan Danielson handled his exit, the door is open for him to return to WWE in the future.
After debuting with AEW at All Out on September 5th, the star has remained unbeaten. A run which includes a highly acclaimed time-limit draw against AEW World Champion Kenny Omega at AEW Grand Slam.
Most recently Danielson won his way into the final of the AEW World Title Eliminator tournament with a win over Eddie Kingston on the October 29th edition of Rampage.