Bryan Danielson has revealed whether or not he’s interested in a NJPW run, following his AEW debut during the All Out pay-per-view.
When it was first reported that Daniel Bryan was in serious talks with AEW, it was noted that the ability to wrestle in NJPW was a key selling point.
In the post-All Out media scrum, Bryan stated that he wants to wrestle for the Japanese promotion, but is choosing not to due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Planning to establish himself in AEW first, Danielson said:
“We all know we’re in a weird situation within the world. I mean, I would love, love, love, love, love to go wrestle in New Japan, would love that. But with COVID being what it is right now.
“You know what I mean? I can’t leave, I can’t quarantine for two weeks, I can’t to go to a couple of shows in Japan. I just can’t do it. I would love to wrestle in Mexico. I don’t know if that’s the safest thing in the world for me right now. You know what I mean?
“So, for right now, I’m going to focus on AEW, and then go from there. But as far as how it felt, I mean, it felt great, right, like, it was, but I do want to say this. That is only possible because of what the people who started this company have built.
“There’s other wrestling companies out there, that have great talent besides WWE like, you know, the other companies, and I didn’t hear really anybody clamouring for me to go there. There’s a reason for people clamouring for me to come here and it’s because of what they’ve already built before Punk got here, before I got here.
“People were already excited about it and then like ‘oh imagine if you add this person to this already fantastic mix’ like that’s what gives you chills.”
Danielson made his AEW debut in the closing moments of All Out, confronting The Elite. Bryan entered to a remixed version of Flight of the Valkyries, titled ‘Born For Greatness‘.
A recent report has revealed the reason why Danielson didn’t walk out to Europe’s The Final Countdown, as many fans expected.
Transcription via Inside The Ropes.