Bryan Danielson has revealed that the next three years will be his last as a full-time wrestler.
The former Daniel Bryan only debuted with AEW on September 5th but he already has his future somewhat mapped out. The former WWE Champion also lifted the lid on his thought process upon leaving WWE, explaining that he nearly left wrestling altogether.
When Danielson was defeated by Roman Reigns on the April 30th edition of SmackDown, he was banished from the blue brand. Little did fans realise at the time, his contract with WWE also expired that very night. After months of speculation Danielson finally returned to wrestling, but not inside a WWE ring, instead at AEW All Out.
Appearing on WFAN, Danielson explained why he decided to take some time off, adding that he thought about not coming back at all.
A lot of people look at as there being two options; either WWE or AEW. I’m like, ‘or I could just do an Independent schedule where I don’t sign with anybody. I did (think about it). I also thought about not coming back to wrestling at all, in the sense of at least the next couple of years. I wanted to take the summer off because my daughter started preschool. Just being at home with her every day, she’s four, I’ve left every week or almost every week. I loved it and she loved it, me being home every night. I FaceTime her every night and she’s like, ‘Daddy, I miss you, I miss your cuddles. Momma doesn’t cuddle me like you do.’ The idea of stepping away until my son starts preschool so I could be there every day for him and my daughter. Then, I’m missing maybe the four years of my productive athletic career and I might not be the same at 45 as I am at 40,”
Looking to the future, Danielson also explained that the next three years will be his last as a full-time wrestler. Not content with simply winding down, the American Dragon said that the period will be the “climax of his career.”
“I see these next three years as my last three years as a full-time wrestler. I don’t want to see it as, ‘Okay, he’s tapering off.’ This is the climax of my career. This is the climax of my career, these next three years. It all starts tomorrow.”
Bryan Danielson will make his AEW in-ring debut at Dynamite: Grand Slam against Kenny Omega on September 22nd. Since arriving in the company Danielson has made beeline for the AEW World Champion, with the pair already butting heads on multiple occasions.
Ahead of the bout which many consider a dream match, Danielson penned an open letter to WWE and Vince McMahon. The former WWE Champion thanked the company, the fans, McMahon personally, as well as the Superstars he left behind for the time he spent with them.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.