Bryan Danielson says that “only a handful of matches are even comparable” to his recent highly acclaimed bout with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega.
At AEW Grand Slam Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega fought to a 30 minute draw, in what was Danielson’s first match in AEW. Not only that, the bout represented his first in-ring action since April.
Despite the two men leaving everything in the ring, neither could force a victory over the other, leaving fans clamouring for a rematch.
Reflecting on the match with Jim Varsallone, Danielson said that he couldn’t sit down after the match was over due to the adrenaline rush he got from performing again.
“Honestly, I don’t worry until a day or two later if a match was good or not. Like, I honestly don’t worry about it. I’m no longer at that point in my career where I question if something was good. This is how I approach wrestling.
When I get excited, I want to do the best I can when I go out there. But when I’m out there, I want to enjoy it, so my reaction to whether it’s good or not is whether I enjoyed it or did I not. And the match against Kenny Omega, I was literally buzzing… I hadn’t wrestled in April, I’m 40 years old, right? Like, it’s like, ‘Oh no, I got dragon suplexed on a ramp, I got dragon suplexed off the top rope, you know? I took some hits, and afterwards, I was buzzing to the point that I couldn’t really sit down. I just felt so good, right, and the energy and all that stuff.”
Danielson admitted that he was only worried about whether he enjoyed the match, rather than how it would be perceived by fans. In appraising the clash, he rated the match a perfect 10.
“So yeah, I wasn’t worried if we knocked it out of the park or hit a grand slam, I worry about, ‘Did I enjoy what I just did?’ And as far as my enjoyment, that’s a 10/10 as far as you look at, ‘Okay, well which matches did you enjoy the most?’
If you rank everything on a scale of 1 to 10, that was a 10/10 enjoyment for me in the sense that there are only a handful of matches that are even comparable. So yeah, to me, it was just a ton of fun. And then what I do after is a day or two later, I’ll go back and watch it, and that’s where I’ll pick myself apart. And that’s the point that I go back and learn, and so – ’cause I find that if you’re too, if you come back and the first thing you’re worried about is, ‘Did we do a good job?’ Then all of a sudden, you aren’t enjoying it as much as you could.”
Bryan Danielson has remained undefeated since joining AEW, most recently seeing of the challenge of new signee Bobby Fish.
After the match on Dynamite it was announced that Danielson will be taking part in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.