Bryan Danielson has revealed that being in the main event of WrestleMania 30 was not the biggest moment of his career.
At the time of the event, Danielson, then known as Daniel Bryan, was on the best run of his time in WWE. With the fans firmly behind him, plans for WrestleMania were changed. Danielson defeated Triple H in the opening match of the show, the victory meant that he would be inserted into the main event between Randy Orton and Batista. He went on to win the match, capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the process to a spectacular reaction from fans.
On September 5th, at AEW’s biggest show of the year, All Out, the ‘American Dragon’ made his shocking debut in the company, helping Jurassic Express and Christian Cage fight off Kenny Omega and The Elite. Soon after, he challenged Omega to a non-title match at AEW’s Grand Slam edition of Dynamite on September 22nd. Ahead of the bout, he appeared on ‘Wrasslin’ with Brandon Walker‘, where he said that the upcoming match against the ‘Best Bout Machine’ was the biggest in his career because the stakes are higher.
“To me, this is the biggest match in my career. I think a lot of people would consider WrestleMania 30 my biggest moment, where I main evented WrestleMania, but the reality is if I went out there and I did not perform very well in that day, maybe the moment wouldn’t be remembered, but the ratings weren’t gonna change the next day. It wasn’t going to change WWE’s business.
He explained that every person on the show had a responsibility to deliver because a lot of people would be tuning into AEW for the first time.
“If Kenny Omega and I go out there and we put on a match that people are raving about and not only just us but everybody on that show. It’s the responsibility of every single person on that show because that show is stacked. There are going to be a lot of people tuning in for the first time because it feels so big. There’s this responsibility to really go out there and deliver and show people, hey, they should be watching this on a weekly basis. That makes it feel bigger. The implications of doing well vs. doing poorly are much greater.”
Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega went on deliver in a big way as the two put on a wrestling clinic that went to a time-limit draw. The two men got a huge reaction from both inside the arena, where the audience showed their appreciation throughout the match, and from fans around the world on social media.