Bryan Danielson Was Not Meant To Be Part Of WrestleMania 37 Main Event

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According to a new report, Bryan Danielson was not originally scheduled to compete in the massive Triple Threat main event for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 37.

The main event of Sunday at WrestleMania 37 featured a match for the ages, with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns defending his title against Royal Rumble winner Edge and Daniel Bryan – now known as Bryan Danielson in AEW.

After being defeated by Reigns at Fastlane, Danielson was a late addition to the match. While Edge served as the match’s ‘special enforcer,’ he later attacked both men with a chair.

While many fans were pleased to see Bryan in the main event, many questioned why he was involved in the WrestleMania clash when the storyline revolved around Reigns and Edge. It was a fact not lost on Danielson, who questioned his involvement in the match in an interview after the show.

Fightful Select has now reported that Danielson appeared as a late addition to the match because that’s exactly what he was. Furthermore, despite the fact that a tag team with Kevin Owens was proposed in late 2020, the idea was never seriously considered.

Concerning the WrestleMania match, the report states that WWE was “well aware” that Danielson’s contract was set to expire shortly after the event when the match was scheduled. The former WWE Champion was also lauded for how he handled his final match against Reigns on SmackDown on April 30th:

“WWE sources… spoke highly of Bryan Danielson’s professionalism in working with Roman Reigns and making their match as good as possible on the way out. One source said that “Bryan handled things so well that a lot of people didn’t think he was actually leaving or taking any time off. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

It has also been suggested that, due to the manner in which Bryan Danielson managed his exit, the door is open for him to return to WWE in the future.

The American Dragon has remained undefeated since making his AEW debut at All Out on September 5th. A run that includes a well-received time-limit draw against AEW World Champion Kenny Omega at AEW Grand Slam.

Danielson most recently advanced to the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator tournament with a victory over Eddie Kingston on the October 29th edition of Rampage. He will face the winner of the other semi-final between Orange Cassidy and Jon Moxley at Full Gear.

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