Bryan Danielson has compared his old and new bosses, Vince McMahon and Tony Khan, laying out the similarities and differences between the two.
Danielson joined WWE in 2010 and was part of the company for over a decade. Then, on September 5th at AEW’s biggest show of the year, All Out, he made his shocking debut for Tony Khan’s company, helping Christian Cage and Jurassic Express fight off Kenny Omega and The Elite.
Despite only being with AEW for a short time, the ‘American Dragon’ has already spotted ways in which McMahon and Khan are surprisingly similar. Speaking to WFAN’s Moose and Maggie, he explained the things he believes his former and current bosses would respect in each other.
“There’s huge similarities and there’s huge differences. I think if you were to speak to both of them, if you were to interview both of them, I think you would be like ‘wow. You could not meet two more different people.’ But I see a lot of similarities in them. And one of the things I think they would both respect about each other is the hard work. Neither of them sleep much, and they take on so much, and I think that’s incredible.”
However, when it comes to communication, Danielson sees the two as being very different.
“One of the things that’s very different is communicating with them. When you first communicate with Vince McMahon, it’s very intimidating because he’s somebody who speaks deliberately. You ask him a question, he won’t answer right away, and not because he’s trying to impose his will on your or anything like that, just because he doesn’t want to give you a thoughtless response.
“When you talk to Tony, you can feel Tony’s excitement. I don’t remember meeting Tony, but we had met previously several years ago. It was probably just a ‘oh hi!’ or something like that. But I was walking out right before walking out before All Out, and Tony was like ‘Bryan! It’s so great to see you!’ He gives me a big hug and literally, before I’m about to walk out he’s like ‘Bryan! LET’S GO!’ It was just wild, you know what I mean? I really enjoy talking with Tony on the phone and all that kind of stuff, and all our interactions have been great.”
Bryan Danielson has also spoken of the reasons he decided to join AEW, including his feeling that Vince McMahon could be “overprotective” of him, while the multi-time WWE Champion wants to “push his limits”. Danielson also wrote a thank you letter to WWE and its fans for his time in the promotion.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.