Bryan Danielson has discussed the moment on a WWE pay-per-view that made WWE Chairman Vince McMahon “so mad” at him.
Danielson had a career of highs and lows as Daniel Bryan in WWE. The nadir came in 2016 when Danielson was forced to step away from competing as medical issues forced him to retire from the ring. Thankfully for him and wrestling fans around the world, his retirement did not last forever, although some in the company were still protective over the former WWE Champion’s health – none more so than Vince McMahon.
Speaking to Jimmy Traina on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast Bryan Danielson explained how a German suplex gone wrong in a match with Drew Gulak on pay-per-view left the WWE Chairman less than thrilled:
“Vince is very protective of me in almost like a fatherly type way. I was wrestling Drew Gulak at Elimination Chamber right before the pandemic. I took a German suplex that went a little bit wrong and I landed on my head. When I got to the back, Vince was so mad at me and he was like, it wasn’t anything about the performance. After he got mad at me, I said, ‘Was the match okay?’ ‘Yeah, the match was great, but you can’t do that.’ He doesn’t want me to get hurt. You don’t want your boss to get mad at you. I saw it as coming from a very loving perspective.”
Prior to his in-ring AEW debut against Kenny Omega at AEW Grand Slam, Danielson penned an open letter in which he thanked WWE and paid special tribute to Vince McMahon.