Here’s How Vince McMahon Cared for Daniel Bryan Like a Father in WWE

Published 09/24/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


Bryan Danielson was recently seen making his in-ring debut at AEW Dynamite against Kenny Omega. Bryan was previously released by WWE before making his AEW debut. While he wasn’t the biggest guy in the room, he remained a favorite of Vince McMahon.

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However, after being released by WWE, Bryan has nothing but praise and respect for Vince McMahon and WWE. He even wrote an open letter to Vince, thanking him.

In an interview with the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Bryan mentioned about the caring and loving nature of Vince McMahon. He also stated how worried Vince was after his match against Drew Gulak at WWE Elimination Chamber 2020.

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Vince McMahon was furious with Bryan Danielson after Elimination Chamber 2020

During his time at WWE, Bryan was forced to retire due to several concussions in 2016. Previously, he also underwent a neck surgery, which ruled him out for nine months.

However, after two years Bryan made his return to WWE against all odds. Since then not only the fans, but also Vince was worried about Bryan’s health each time he wrestled.

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In the interview with the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Bryan recalled how worried and furious Vince was at him after his match with Drew Gulak at WWE Elimination Chamber 2020. He said (h/t: Fightful),“Vince is very protective of me in almost like a fatherly type way,” he said. “I was wrestling Drew Gulak at Elimination Chamber right before the pandemic. I took a German suplex that went a little bit wrong and I landed on my head.”

“When I got to the back, Vince was so mad at me and he was like, it wasn’t anything about the performance. After he got mad at me, I said, ‘Was the match okay?’ ‘Yeah, the match was great, but you can’t do that.’ He doesn’t want me to get hurt. You don’t want your boss to get mad at you. I saw it as coming from a very loving perspective.”

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Bryan’s match with Kenny Omega during his in-ring debut ended in a time limit draw. However, Kenny Omega has denied the possibility of a rematch with Bryan Danielson. It remains to be seen what AEW has in store for Bryan Danielson now.

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Shouvik Nath

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