Why Bryan Danielson Wants 60-Minute Match With MJF To Open AEW Revolution

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Bryan Danielson and MJF have been at odds since the fallout from AEW Full Gear, and the two are set to face off in a 60-minute iron man match at the upcoming AEW Revolution pay-per-view on March 5th.

Though their AEW World Championship bout is set to main event the show, Bryan Danielson revealed in a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated that he’d rather the match go on early so he can get to bed early.

“I would love to convince Tony [Khan] to let us go first, mostly because I go to bed really early. On Sunday, my wife couldn’t believe this; I went to bed at 8:03. There is a chance I will be going to the ring at that time this Sunday. We’ll be in San Francisco, and the idea of wrestling at five is much more suited to my personality.”

Bryan Danielson Detailed The Challenges Of A 60-Minute Iron Man Match Ahead Of Revolution Clash With MJF

Continuing, Danielson compared his upcoming AEW Revolution bout with MJF to the iron man match at WrestleMania 12 between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, saying that match meant a lot to him as a young wrestling fan.

“That was billed as these two great wrestlers wrestling for an hour, and it meant a big deal to me when I watched it. It was a slower match upfront, and I just don’t think you could do that today at the end of an AEW pay-per-view.

“The undercard on WrestleMania 12 wasn’t nearly as exciting as the undercard of Revolution is going to be. We’re going to be following a lot of great stuff, including the Mox-‘Hangman’ Texas Deathmatch. The promoters from yesteryear would say that you don’t follow blood with wrestling, but that’s exactly what we’re doing. So it presents those types of challenges. To me, that’s exciting.

“This is maybe the biggest challenge I’ve put in front of myself in my entire career. I can’t think of anything else with more pressure mentally or physically.”

Danielson also spoke about the difficulty of keeping a crowd’s attention for a whole hour, noting that he’s taken notes from reading books by famed author Cormac McCarthy.

“The biggest concern is holding the live crowd’s attention. It is very important to have statement moments scattered regularly throughout the match. Having just read two books by Cormac McCarthy, he’s a great study in minimalism when it comes to fiction. He has these incredible sentences that hit you right in the heart.

“We need those sprinkled throughout the match, and plot twists. Overall, it needs to be a compelling narrative where the live crowd feels it. I know, 100%, the matches before us are going to be outstanding. We’re going an hour, and we can’t have a stinker. This is the last match of the night.”

AEW Revolution is set to take place on Sunday, March 5th at 8pm ET/5pm PT.