Bryan Danielson is a popular AEW superstar and he recently spoke about fighting Kenny Omega at AEW Grand Slam. Bryan has stated during many interviews that one of the reasons why he joined AEW was to fight Kenny Omega. Before joining AEW, Bryan was a very popular WWE Superstar.
He never spoke against the WWE after he left the WWE, and simply stated that he wanted to fight AEW wrestlers which he couldn’t do if he was still part of WWE. Bryan commented on his match with Kenny Omega and compared it to his WWE WrestleMania match against Kofi Kingston.
He spoke about it on ABC 6 Action News.
Bryan Danielson Comments on His Match with Kenny Omega at AEW Grand Slam
“When you look back on favorite matches, it’s hard because there’s a recency bias but it feels like my favorite experience in a match,” Danielson revealed.
“My favorite experience before might have been wrestling Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 35. But that, I think that may have topped it. But one of the things that I think in these moments where fans are just super into something is that how lucky am I to be doing this thing that I love, with this incredible reaction.
I haven’t talked to CM Punk about it in years, but CM Punk and I wrestled each other, I think it was in like 2004 or 2005, at this little promotion in Florida in front of 75 people. And we wrestled for like 45 minutes.
“So we’re out there in front of so few people, and it’s so quiet and you can just hear the people. Like the guys weren’t even booing us. It’s a guy sitting in the front row, chatting to his friend, he just goes ‘these guys aren’t very good, are they?’ His friend goes ‘no, not really.’ It’s not even booing us; they’re just talking to each other, but we can hear it.
That’s such a deflating experience, as opposed to having this experience where fans are excited to just see you tie-up. Gratitude is what it feels like”. He also spoke about the current culture of the professional wrestling industry.
According to him the culture of professional wrestling has changed since he started his professional wrestling career. “So I think the biggest change is from a wrestler standpoint, it’s the focus on health amongst wrestlers and the decreased drug use, like when it comes to steroids, painkillers, all that kind of stuff,” Bryan Danielson said.
“You look at AEW, I don’t think Kenny Omega drinks or doesn’t drink very much. I don’t think the Young Bucks drink or drink very much. CM Punk is straight edge. I’ve never drank in my life. You have all these top guys who not only not do steroids, do not do painkillers, or whatever it is, they don’t even drink.
Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with drinking, but, that’s a huge culture shift from what wrestling was. And I think a lot of us saw the decline of past wrestlers and the early deaths.