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Bryan Danielson: I Could Sleepwalk Through My WWE Matches If I Wanted To, I Can't Do That In AEW

Too comfortable in WWE

Bryan Danielson had grown too comfortable in WWE.

Danielson departed WWE in April of 2021 after 11 years with the company and he would debut in All Elite Wrestling a few months later at the All Out pay-per-view.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour about his decision to join AEW, Danielson admitted he had become too comfortable in WWE and it had reached the point where he could sleepwalk through his matches if he wanted to. That isn't possible for The American Dragon in AEW, though, because wrestlers are doing so much. 

"There was something exciting about it and a little scary. You get too comfortable at something for too long and there was just something exciting about it. There was also this idea in my mind where, I tried not to and for the most part I didn't, but in my WWE matches, I could go out there and kind of sleepwalk through them if I wanted to. I tried not to," Danielson admitted.

"In AEW, you can't because they do so much. I was watching one of their shows and I was like, 'I don't even know if I can wrestle here. These guys are doing so much. I think this might be dangerous for me.' I had mentioned it to Jon Moxley and I said that to him and he said, 'Dude, you're Bryan Danielson, you can do any of this. You don't have to do what these guys are doing, you can create your own thing.'"

Since joining All Elite Wrestling, Danielson has had widely praised matches against the likes of Minoru Suzuki and Eddie Kingston and arguably the best TV match in AEW history against Kenny Omega. 

H/T to Fightful

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