Bryan Danielson finished up with WWE in April 2021 as he decided to not renew his contract. After taking a few months off, he opted to sign with AEW where he made his promotional debut at the All Out event.
Danielson returned to in-ring action in 2018 after being retired due to a history of concussions. However, Danielson is looking to slow things down in his wrestling career.
While appearing on One Fall with Ron Funches, Danielson discussed how his full-time career would be coming to an end when his AEW deal is up. AEW typically signs wrestlers to three-year deals.
“No [I don’t have a dream scenario for my final match]… I would like to wrestle a match two weeks before I die, right? And to not know that it’s my last match. That would kind of be my ideal situation but I’m not gonna be a full-time wrestler for much longer [Danielson laughed]. That all said, I’m not gonna be a full-time wrestler for much longer. When my AEW contract is up, that’s pretty much me being done being a full-time wrestler but I like the way some people like Terry Funk and Jerry Lawler and those kind of guys do it where they do it for fun, right?”
Danielson noted that they don’t do it all the time so as long as he is having fun then he wants to wrestle for the rest of his life. He wishes that his passion was something that didn’t cause him physical pain.
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Danielson recalled how he didn’t know his last match before his forced retirement would be his last match. He said that every time he gets to wrestle, it’s a beautiful thing to do, but he feels the same way when he gets to spend time with his children.
“I don’t have any vision of what I want my last match to be. I certainly don’t envision it being some epic match that everybody talks about. In my mind, it would be a match that I would just be doing at some local indie in front of 300 people that are just like, okay, I’m just going out and having some fun and it just turns out to be my last match [he laughed]. So that’s kind of how I envision it.”
This past Saturday at AEW Full Gear, Danielson came up short in a fatal 4-way match against ROH World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho that also featured Claudio Castagnoli and Sammy Guevara.
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H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription