Bryan Danielson is indeed All Elite and the former Daniel Bryan told fans after All Out that he’s joined the company to test those that say they are Elite.
Danielson’s entry into AEW has been a hot button topic in the wrestling world in recent months with both he and CM Punk rumoured to be joining the company. Punk made his grand entrance in his hometown of Chicago in August at AEW Rampage – The First Dance but fans had to wait a little longer for Danielson.
It was originally reported that AEW planned to debut Bryan Danielson at AEW Grand Slam in New York later in September but those plans were moved forward as he shocked the world at the end of All Out.
In the main event of the pay-per-view, Kenny Omega retained his AEW World Championship against Christian Cage but the fun was just getting started. The Elite joined Omega to celebrate and then continued the assault on Cage who was helped by Jurassic Express but they were also swarmed by The Elite’s numbers. Adam Cole then shocked more than the system when he made his way to the ring, looking to confront his former partners in Bullet Club.
While Cole exchanged words with Omega, the former leader of The Undisputed Era then super kicked Jungle Boy and reunited with The Elite. The unmistakable opening to Ride Of The Valkyries then hit and the NOW Arena came unglued as Bryan Danielson then made his AEW debut appearance.
Danielson, Cage, Luchasaurus, and Jungle Boy then cleared the ring of The Elite, standing tall as the show went off the air.
After the cameras had stopped rolling, Danielson took the microphone and addressed the Chicago faithful in attendance:
“There’s some people around here who call themselves Elite. I’m going to be here to see if they truly are.”
“I am a wrestler. I never left wrestler, I took wrestling everywhere I went. I said wrestling when I wasn’t supposed to say wrestling. And now, I’m here to goddamn wrestle! So AEW, let’s f*cking go!”
“There’s some people around here who call themselves Elite. I’m gonna be here to see if they truly are…so AEW, let’s f*cking go!”
— Ryan Droste (@ryandroste) September 6, 2021