Rocky Romero has opened up about being given the news by Tony Khan that he wanted him to face Bryan Danielson on AEW Dynamite.
On the November 10th episode of AEW Dynamite, the ‘Forbidden Door’ was flung open once more as Rocky Romero arrived in AEW. The star initially helped broker the link-up between Orange Cassidy and The Best Friends and New Japan’s CHAOS stable, before stepping in the ring with Bryan Danielson.
Romero and Danielson may go back a long way, but the call to come to AEW to face the American Dragon was not one that the New Japan star was expecting.
Appearing on The Battleground Podcast, Rocky Romero revealed what it was like to receive the call from AEW President Tony Khan. Romero said that the deal came together really quickly, although he didn’t originally realise that the offer was being extended to him.
“It was really cool because, I mean, it kind of happened short notice, too. I think I got the call on a Friday and then I showed up on Dynamite on that Wednesday. Tony called me and he was like, ‘Hey, I was talking to Danielson and I was thinking, ‘Man, it’d be cool if we had some forbidden door action this next week on Dynamite.’ Danielson’s been getting ready for the PPV, it might be an opportunity to do something with Danielson.’ So I was thinking, ‘Of course, who are they going to be interested in? Maybe like Juice or Finlay or somebody.’ Then he goes, ‘So we were thinking maybe Danielson vs. Rocky Romero.'”
Continuing on, Romero explained that a match with Danielson made sense as the pair had history going all of the way back to 2002.
“It took me a second because I was like, ‘Oh, me? Oh, you want me.’ I’m like, ‘Well that makes sense because obviously Danielson and I have so much history going back to the original LA Dojo, training together, and making our debut in New Japan in October of 2002.
Just two young kids.’ So, why not? Yeah, that’s kind of cool, that’s a really cool thing. I was just really happy with how it turned out and I thought the match was really, really cool and first time being on Dynamite and TNT was awesome and to do it against someone that I have that kind of history with, and obviously, he’s a huge freaking superstar now, so getting to go toe-to-toe with him and showing what I got was amazing.”
On the night Danielson would emerge victorious, before going to to defeat Miro at Full Gear to earn a shot at AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.