Booker T Not Surprised By Daniel Bryan Reportedly Signing With AEW
Booker T also thinks WWE shouldn't be bitter about it
WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T has revealed he is not surprised by All Elite Wrestling's reported signing of Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan).
A report from Cassidy Haynes of Bodyslam.net noted earlier this week that Danielson has "100% already signed" with AEW and tentative plans are in place for The American Dragon to debut on September 22 inside New York City's Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Booker T discussed Bryan's decision on the Hall Of Fame Podcast and the five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion admitted he is not surprised.
"I'm like Nate Diaz, I'm not surprised. I'm going to leave the last part off, but I'm not surprised at all, man as far as guys making the switch and going over. It's war man, it really is and these guys have every right to actually do it the way they want to do it and if they're not happy over here," Booker T said.
"Daniel Bryan has had a great career in WWE, he was making money on the independent circuit, this guy was putting in the work. I'm not going to hate and the thing is WWE shouldn't hate either. Basketball players go to different teams every year. We saw LeBron James leave Cleveland and say I'm going to South Beach. I understand, I get it, if I was one of those guys I might be thinking the same exact thing."
When signing with AEW, Bryan reportedly wanted a deal for fewer dates with comparable money, the opportunity to wrestle in Japan and creative input on his character, conditions that were accepted by the promotion.
Booker T commented on Danielson wanting creative input, adding: "One thing about Daniel Bryan and AEW, he's going to be able to pretty much write his own ticket, go out and have the matches that he wants to have. Go ahead and create the stories that he wants to create. I always wanted to be able to create and do my own thing as well, I knew I wasn't going to be able to do that in WWE, that's why I got Reality of Wrestling. I said I'll create my own stories, I'll create my own angles. That's what guys want to do, they want to be able to do their own thing and AEW has given a lot of these guys a chance to do their own thing."
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