Bryan Danielson recently did an interview with NYPost.com to promote the September 22nd 2021 edition of AEW Dynamite. Danielson recently talked about his relationship with Vince McMahon but went into more detail during this Q&A…
“Vince McMahon was very protective of me in the sense of protective of my health kind of stuff and I get that. I believe I’m more capable than … he protects me in a caring way. I feel like I can go harder than sometimes they would want me to in WWE. AEW will allow me that freedom to go as hard as I want. Protective in the sense of like things that I could or could not do that were very specific to me. You also have to understand that WWE’s relationship with my health is different. So, Tony Khan knows all the information, but he didn’t have to experience it in real time. So when the doctors say, ‘Bryan’s clear to literally do anything,’ right, and these are the best doctors in the world, right? He doesn’t have any residual pain of these others things that had happened to me the way that WWE does. And you say that and there’s the freedom argument, but the WWE perspective is coming in a very loving way. It’s not a negative way. (Vince) used this analogy with me a lot. He likened me to a racehorse who needs a bit in their mouth because some racehorses need a bit in their mouth because you need to be able to control the racehorse. If you don’t, they’ll run themselves into the ground. When he said that in the back of my mind I’d always think, ‘Yeah, but I’d kind of rather be a wild horse rather than a racehorse with a bit in my mouth.’ That was a big point too as far as signing with AEW.”
“Besides my wife, he (Vince) was the first person I told. He and I have a great relationship. That was actually one of the harder things about leaving. Because I had such a positive experience in WWE. From my perspective, I have a lot of respect and love for him and that was one of the hardest things. Like, I don’t want him to think I’m betraying him or anything like that. It was really hard. One of the main reasons why it took me so long to make the decision was my loyalty to Vince.”
Bryan Danielson, formerly Daniel Bryan in WWE, faces All Elite Wrestling world champion Kenny Omega in a non-title match in the main event of a loaded “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam” on Wednesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium (8 p.m., TNT) in the company’s New York City debut.