AEW’s Bryan Danielson has opened up about his future in wrestling, noting that he’s treating the next three years as the ‘climax of his career’.
Following Bryan’s WWE contract expiring earlier this year, many fans speculated that the former WWE Champion could end up in AEW.
Although he ultimately did debut for the promotion at All Out, Danielson has revealed that he thought about retiring from wrestling during his in-ring absence.
Speaking on WFAN, Danielson revealed that he believes he only has around three years left as a full-time competitor, stating:
“A lot of people look at as there being two options; either WWE or AEW. I’m like, ‘or I could just do an independent schedule where I don’t sign with anybody. I did (think about it). I also thought about not coming back to wrestling at all, in the sense of at least the next couple of years.
“I wanted to take the summer off because my daughter started preschool. Just being at home with her every day, she’s four, I’ve left every week or almost every week. I loved it and she loved it, me being home every night. I FaceTime her every night and she’s like, ‘Daddy, I miss you, I miss your cuddles. Momma doesn’t cuddle me like you do.’ The idea of stepping away until my son starts preschool so I could be there every day for him and my daughter.
“Then, I’m missing maybe the four years of my productive athletic career and I might not be the same at 45 as I am at 40.
“I see these next three years as my last three years as a full-time wrestler. I don’t want to see it as, ‘Okay, he’s tapering off.’ This is the climax of my career. This is the climax of my career, these next three years. It all starts tomorrow.”
On Wednesday, Danielson will wrestle AEW World Champion Kenny Omega during the highly anticipated Dynamite Grand Slam show. It has now been reported that there is potential for over 20,000 fans to attend the New York debut event.
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