Bryan Danielson says he’s ready to push himself in All Elite Wrestling having moved away from WWE – and an ‘overprotective’ Vince McMahon.
Danielson was with WWE for well over a decade and wrestled an all-action style for much of that.
After serious neck issues called time on his career in 2016, he battled back and completed a miraculous return to the squared circle.
He would go on to once again perform as one of the company’s top stars and claimed the WWE Championship – one many world titles held during his time there.
Danielson has hinted that, during that time, company supremo Vince McMahon would at times go too far in his bid to protect the star’s health – something that would ultimately play a part in his decision to move on.
The 40-year-old’s contract with WWE expired earlier this year, leaving him free to negotiate his next move – which ended up in his debut at AEW’s All Out on Sunday.
Speaking in a post-show media scrum, the man himself had only good things to say about McMahon – but insisted the move was one he needed to make.
He praised WWE for their “gracious” offer of a contract renewal but said: "[Vince] and I have a great relationship. I love him, I do.
“Sometimes he's overprotective of me [but] I want to be able to push my limits.
“That's one of the things that I love about this, is like the physicality of what we do out there and being able to push my limits and being able to do that here in a safe manner is one of the things that really drew me here.”
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Danielson went on to describe how the excitement levels within AEW and their audience was a major pull during what he called a “tough” decision to leave WWE.
He added: “You see the crowd… you all see it, probably were all out there and you felt it.
“You felt how excited people are about this product and it feels vibrant.
“Even just watching it through a TV screen in a trailer. I'm sitting there going, ‘God this is awesome. I want to be a part of this.’
“I really battled back and forth because there's a lot of people [in WWE] that I consider family, that actually are legitimately my family and people that I love.
“So it was a really tough decision."
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