Bryan Danielson has discussed his experience of wrestling during the pandemic and says that he was one of the few who loved wrestling in empty arenas.
Danielson shocked the wrestling world when he made his AEW debut at the very end of the All Out pay-per-view in early September, closing the door on his WWE career and Daniel Bryan.
Speaking to wdel.com Danielson discussed moving on in his career and why he decided to make the leap to AEW saying the wrestling focus of the company is what appealed to him:
“I was just ready for something new, that was one of the bigger reasons. Plus, I look at this as the apex of my wrestling career, I feel like I’m the best wrestler I can be and I want to be able to wrestle as hard as I want to be able to wrestle. I believe AEW is the best place to do that. AEW is a very wrestling-centered product.
“My first match was against Kenny Omega, it was 30 minutes. You very rarely get the chance to do that in WWE. I love the AEW fans, and my experience has been incredible thus far.”
While the match with Omega received a huge reception Danielson spent a lot of 2020 wrestling in front of no fans due to the pandemic. According to Danielson, the challenge of wrestling in empty arenas is one he relished:
“It’s interesting because I think I’m one of the few people who loved empty arena wrestling. I saw it as a huge challenge. I have been wrestling for 22 years, for me, the uniqueness of the empty arena was invigorating. But to be honest, there’s nothing like a wild, rabid crowd that are super into wrestling.”
“It’s one thing if it’s an indifferent crowd – that feels horrible. If you go out there and you’re wrestling your heart out, that’s one of the worst feelings on Planet Earth. But going out there and having a crowd that’s super into what you’re doing, there’s nothing like it.”