Bryan Danielson Reveals The Rock and Another WWE Legend Were His Least Favorite People

Published 10/06/2021, 2:11 AM EDT


AEW pro-wrestler Bryan Danielson spoke about different elements of working within the industry. One of the factors he touched upon were his feelings towards Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock as a wrestling fan.

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The situation came up when Danielson compared what it was to work with AEW as opposed to working with WWE. According to The American Dragon, AEW focuses on wrestling and catering to wrestling fans, whereas WWE sometimes focuses on catering to casual viewers that result in less wrestling and more talking.

In a chat with 6abc, he said, “If you were to do a comparison just watching the shows. You’ll see that there’s a lot more wrestling in the two hours of Dynamite than there is even in a three-hour WWE Raw. Sometimes there’s more wrestling on an AEW Dynamite show than there is in RAW and SmackDown combined. So that’s one of the things that drew me to it because as a fan, when I was in high school everybody loved the Rock and (‘Stone Cold’) Steve Austin. They were my least favorite people because all they did was talk.”

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While Danielson may be correct from one point of view, he’s incorrect from another. WWE has always marketed itself as a sports entertainment company and not a wrestling company. Therefore, entertainment is just a threshold. There are several elements underneath and one of them is engaging with the audience.

WWE makes Superstars talk in segments to get the audience to pop. Moreover, The Texas Rattlesnake and The Great One cut stunning segments during The Attitude Era, which became the most successful era in WWE’s history.

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Bryan Danielson did not enjoy talking in segments

During the same interview, Danielson revealed he did not actually want to become famous in WWE or sports entertainment, but in Japan. He believed Japan’s style was more wrestling-based, and he would thrive there and come back without making any noise.

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“My dream when I started wrestling was not to be in WWE and to main event WrestleMania or anything like that; my dream when I started wrestling was actually to be a big star in Japan, because I loved the Japanese wrestling style which is very wrestling-based. I also liked the idea because I was scared to death of public speaking. I loved the idea of being able to go to Japan- you could be mildly famous over there, and then come back and nobody would know who you are, and I loved that idea.”

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Well, that clearly did not happen. However, Danielson is extremely famous as a pro-wrestler across the globe. He has a fanbase in almost every continent, and couldn’t escape talking in segments.

Currently, he’s doing very well for himself in AEW!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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