Bryan Danielson explained why he’s laughing at himself over a freak accident that occurred during the latest Rampage taping.
The May 20th edition of Rampage went off the air as a wild brawl broke out between Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz and the Jericho Appreciation Society as tensions between the teams reached boiling point.
As the fighting continued, Danielson suffered a bizarre accident as his leg fell between the ring and the entrance ramp, trapping him in place.
The star was trapped for up to ten minutes before he was eventually freed. Once back on his feet, the star limped backstage but was not believed to be seriously injured. He was pulled from action on the May 25th Dynamite, but did make the save along with Santana and Ortiz when the Jericho Appreciation Society attacked Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston after their match with Private Party.
Speaking to Graham “GSM” Matthews of Bleacher Report, Bryan Danielson blamed the accident on being an “old man” and said he felt like Steve Urkel from the 90’s sitcom Family Matters.
“I laugh at myself. It was my birthday, I just turned 41, I’m this old man who falls into these cracks and can’t get out. If you remember Steve Urkel from Family Matters, I don’t know if it was a regular thing he said, but all that went through my head was, ‘I’m Steve Urkel and I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.’
“My ankle and just below my knee are a little bit swollen. I like physical things so even when I’m not wrestling, I like to do jiu-jitsu or kickboxing or hiking. I’m used to things being swollen. I took my kids hiking two days this week, but they are kids hikes, my son is not even two so it’s really just walking, and that was, ‘Okay, I can feel this a little.’
Bryan Danielson continued, noting that even when he’s hurt, he feels invincible as soon as he has his wrestling gear on.
“I find it fascinating from a performer’s standpoint, the second I put my wrestling gear on, I feel invincible, no matter what is hurting me. I put my gear on and I’m ready to go. I’m looking at my ankle right now and thinking, ‘Uhhh,’ but when I put my gear on, it feels like there is nothing in the world that can hurt me. I know that’s not true, but that’s how it feels.”
Though the incident definitely left its mark, Bryan Danielson says he laughed about it with Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston after the fact because he’s become a “clumsy old man.”
“I was laughing after with Eddie Kingston and Mox. ‘Of course.’ This would have never happened at 28, I would have been very aware of my surroundings, now I’m just this old clumsy man who slips in things.”
At this time, Bryan Danielson is still advertised to be part of the Anarchy In The Arena match that will take place at Double Or Nothing on Sunday, May 29th.