Brie Bella Didn't Want To Influence Bryan Danielson's Choice To Join AEW
Danielson became All Elite last month
When Bryan Danielson joined AEW at All Out 2021 last month, it sent reverberations through a wrestling world still dealing with CM Punk and Adam Cole being in the company.
But the decision to join AEW wasn’t easy for Danielson who thanked WWE and Vince McMahon on his way out of the company, and wife Brie Bella has told Ariane Andrew on the Sippin’ the Tea show that she didn’t want to influence Danielson’s decision:
"I have to tell you, all summer long, he kept contemplating, kept going back and forth,” said Bella “He took the summer off and I just remember every other day, he honestly didn't know where he was gonna end up, and then just finally, one day it spoke to him, he felt it. Because I was like, 'I am not helping you make a decision. You're 40 years old, this is probably going to be your last run. So you have to just let your heart tell you where to go.' I'm like, 'Just because I'm with WWE, doesn't mean you have to be there,' because I don't know if I'll make a comeback. To be honest, I told Nicole, maybe in a year or so. But like right now, my life - we're so busy with our companies and the kids, like taking Birdie to school. That's a whole thing in itself.”
Bryan himself acknowledged Brie’s help when he made his decision, telling Bleacher Report’s Dr. Chris Mueller:
"Brie's great. She literally just wanted me to be happy. She was always like 'Hey, whatever you decide, I want to 100 percent support you.' So there was never any pressure from her being like 'Hey, this might affect Total Bellas' or anything like that. She never wants to even talk about that. She was like 'I just want you to be happy.' So I'm a very lucky man to have such a supportive wife.”