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Bryan Danielson on choosing AEW over WWE, Tony Khan buying ROH

Danielson talked to Dave Meltzer and Garrett Gonzales on today's Wrestling Observer Radio.
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Bryan Danielson was on Wrestling Observer Radio talking about a variety of subjects including choosing AEW over WWE, Tony Khan buying ROH, and more.

When talking about his decision on Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan discussed the pressure of choosing between AEW and WWE, and ultimately what he wanted the most.

"You’ve got to get both of these people an answer," Danielson said in describing the pressure. "They’re waiting for you. I’m someone who lollygags and waits for a decision. I was so content that it actually it made it easier to deliberate even further. So there wasn’t necessarily one thing, but when i did the checks and balances as far as what do I want in my life, where can I make a bigger impact and help more people, what the quality of my life would be for my children. Two things that are not related at all would be being able to spend time with my family, and being able to bleed."

Danielson said during his discussions with Vince McMahon, he brought up being able to bleed, which Vince McMahon said he couldn’t give to him.

When asked about Ring of Honor being purchased by Tony Khan, Danielson said that Tony Khan was a great thinker of professional wrestling and in general, but also wondered what ROH could do to enhance AEW.

“It's surreal. Life, espcically these last couple of years, life feels surreal just in general," Danielson said. "Tony brought it up as a possibility to me a couple of weeks ago. He didn’t know if it was going to happen or not. I was like 'oh, that's really exciting'. Part of me wonders about there too much wrestling on TV already, and what it is going to look like. Is it just going to be for the tape library? I don't have any indication of if he's [going to run shows], what does that look like? What could we do with Ring of Honor that would enhance AEW rather than detract from it and add another hour of TV.”

Regarding Zack Sabre Jr., Danielson thought the idea of a potential match between the two could be fun.

“I’m not obsessing over anything these days, things that I desire I try to make less and less and less," he said. "But the idea of wrestling Zack seems like a lot of fun,. Professional wrestling has evolved, and Zack has taken technical wrestling and evolved it in a specific way that is influencing a lot of people, and I think that is marvelous, some of the things he’s come up with to me is genius and so fun. Zack’s style of wrestling is the kind of wrestling I like the most, so I just think he’s done a fantastic job."

Danielson is scheduled to face Jon Moxley at AEW Revolution this Sunday. The full card for the show includes:

AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. Eastern time --

  • AEW World Championship: "Hangman" Adam Page (c) vs. Adam Cole
  • AEW Women's World Championship: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Thunder Rosa
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (c) vs. reDRagon vs. Young Bucks
  • TBS Championship: Jade Cargill (c) vs. Tay Conti
  • Dog collar match: CM Punk vs. MJF
  • Face of the Revolution ladder match for a TNT title shot: Keith Lee vs. Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Wardlow vs. Ricky Starks vs. Christian Cage
  • Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson
  • Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Kingston
  • Darby Allin, Sting & Sammy Guevara vs. Andrade El Idolo, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy
  • Paige VanZant signs her AEW contract
  • Pre-show match: Kris Statlander vs. Leyla Hirsch
  • Pre-show match: Hook vs. QT Marshall
  • Pre-show match: PAC, Penta Oscuro & Erick Redbeard vs. Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews