In a recent tête-à-tête with Sports Illustrated, All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) President Tony Khan divulged the deepening bond with wrestling superstar Bryan Danielson, expressing his deep appreciation for the laudatory remarks Danielson shared about him.
The revelations surfaced in the wake of AEW's Double or Nothing event, during a media engagement, when the conversation swerved towards reports that Danielson would be partnering with Khan on the creative team for the forthcoming AEW Collision.
Brimming with enthusiasm, Danielson was effusive in his admiration for Khan and AEW, stating: "Collaborating with Tony and AEW has been a rewarding journey. Our lengthy phone conversations, discussing many wrestling aspects, make it so delightful.
Our shared perspectives on wrestling, the exchange of ideas, and the synergy we generate – it's exhilarating. And it doesn't feel like work. Such endeavors are a sheer joy when you harbor a deep love for wrestling."
Tony Khan Honors Danielson's Legacy
Following these remarks, Tony Khan elucidated his relationship with Danielson in his discussion with Sports Illustrated.
Khan showed immense respect for Danielson, celebrating his wrestling prowess and intelligence, referring to him as one of the greatest wrestlers ever. "Our relationship has grown since Bryan joined AEW. He's among the most gifted wrestlers and intellectually stimulating individuals I've encountered.
His thought processes towards stories, matches, ideas, and wrestling psychology are profound. I enjoy our discourse and exchange of ideas immensely," Khan expressed. Khan also highlighted the increasing involvement of Danielson in their backstage operations, citing, "Bryan's engagement with us in the office has recently heightened.
I value those praises immensely because of his kind words about our working relationship and the commendations he showered. They're quotes I'd love to see engraved on my tombstone." As anticipation builds for the inaugural episode of AEW Collision, set to be held at the United Center in Chicago, IL, on June 17th with CM Punk headlining the main event, Danielson, never one to rest on his laurels, is already looking forward to Forbidden Door, where he'll square off against Kazuchika Okada.