Bryan Danielson has recalled telling WWE that a now infamous spot would be a bad idea during his time with the company.
The 2015 Royal Rumble is remembered by fans for all the wrong reasons. Fans soured on the contest after fan-favorite Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) was eliminated early on, and booed even harder when Roman Reigns won the bout.
Speaking with Renee Paquette during a special edition of to The Sessions at Starrcast V, Danielson noted that he attempted to tell WWE that the plan for his elimination was a bad idea.
Noting that the reception to his Royal Rumble 2015 victory didn’t stop Reigns from going on to achieve great things, Danielson said:
“I knew, and especially because I had just comeback from neck surgery. When they told me what I was doing in the Rumble in 2015 and that I was only going to be in there for four or five minutes, I told them, ‘I think this is a bad idea.
“This isn’t necessarily great for Roman.’ They kind of ignored that. Then it wasn’t. Stuff happened. That was that. All of that to say, Roman has done such a great job and now he’s the biggest star in wrestling. He’s performed at such a high level for a long time and he’s done such a great job.”
Danielson’s final WWE match was against Roman Reigns, for the Universal Championship on the April 30, 2021 edition of SmackDown. He went on to debut for AEW at the All Out pay-per-view that September.
Danielson recently made his return from injury during Dynamite: Fight For The Fallen, losing to Daniel Garcia in singles action.
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