Bryan Danielson explains why he was “relieved” to hear about Cody Rhodes leaving AEW

While speaking to the UK Metro, Bryan Danielson commented on his reaction to the news that Cody Rhodes had departed AEW…

“You have to understand my relationship to this story breaking is a little bit different because I’m not on the internet very much. So I woke up, had no idea, I texted Tony Khan something about some idea I had or whatever. Completely oblivious. I’m driving to the airport and my wife [Brie Bella] texts me, and I usually don’t check it but it comes up on the thing and it said, ‘Did you hear about Cody and Brandi?’ And the first thing that went through my head is, ‘Oh no, did something happen? Did they get in a crash? Did something bad happen to their daughter?’ I’m thinking, worst case scenario. I call her and I say, ‘What happened with Cody and Brandi?’ And she said, ‘They’re leaving AEW’. And it was almost a relief.”

“At the end of the day – I’ve known Cody for a long time – all I want is for him and Brandi to be happy. That’s kind of my relationship to the story. I saw it from a totally different perspective of, “Oh no did they die?” And then it turns out, “Thank God it’s just that.’”

Bryan Danielson ‘relieved’ about Cody Rhodes’ AEW exit after ‘fearing the worst’

Bryan Danielson has admitted he was actually happy when he heard Cody Rhodes was leaving AEW – but it’s not what you think. The American Dragon – known to WWE fans as Daniel Bryan before leaving in April 2021 and joining joined Tony Khan’s promotion five months later – has weighed in on the shock news Cody and his wife Brandi have left All Elite Wrestling despite been central figures since its launch in 2019.