Bryan Danielson: The Final Countdown Was 'Way Too Expensive' For AEW To Use
Danielson has new music in AEW
Bryan Danielson has revealed he and Tony Khan considered him using 'The Final Countdown' for his theme music in AEW, only to be told it would cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars to use the song just 20 times.
Danielson became associated with Europe's iconic 'Final Countdown' tune during his time on the independent scene, and some fans believed he may return to the song upon his move to All Elite Wrestling.
According to Bryan himself though, doing so would have just been far too expensive.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, Danielson said: "Tony and I talked about a couple of things. We had talked about 'The Final Countdown,' but that was way too expensive," he said. "I hate talking business stuff when I don't exactly know what it was, but it wasn't just the amount of money. They would only let [AEW] play it like 20 times a year or something like that. For several $100,000 you can play 'Final Countdown' 20 times a year. That doesn't work for us.
"I had kind of wanted something a bit different, so I reached out to my friend, Elliott Taylor, and said 'Hey, here's an idea. But I don't know if it's any good. Could you do something like this?' He dropped everything. I think he's done 72 hours in the studio and made the song that I come out to now, which I think he's also going to do a full-length release because it actually has like two chorus lyrics.
"I really, really liked it. And it also incorporates a chant that people would do when I was on the independents. I kind of wanted to get it in there. I would love for people to start chanting it again."