WWE was building up talent by the time AEW was starting up. Bryan Danielson thinks this is an overreaction on their part.

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Bryan Danielson is one of many current AEW wrestlers who previously worked for the promotion of rival WWE.

Danielson’s last WWE appearance was on the April 30 episode of Smack down, where he lost a Universal Championship match against Roman Reigns. His WWE contract expired shortly thereafter, and Danielson took some time to wrestle before making his debut for AEW at the end of September 5 in All Out pay-per-view.

As AEW kicked off in 2019, WWE President Vince McMahon made it a priority to recruit plenty of wrestlers while extending many of his long-term superstars. WWE officials weren’t bluntly admitting it, but it was pretty obvious they were trying to stockpile talent in order to keep them from joining the new rival company.


In an interview with TV initiateDanielson admitted that he believed WWE overreacted to AEW’s startup, adding that there was no need to stock up on talent.

“I never focus on if something hasn’t happened that’s happened before,” Danielson said. “But I think that’s a natural reaction to what happened. What we do know is that people who have been given regular contracts are not going to get them anymore. For WWE, I think it is. There was an overreaction when AEW started. Even when Ring of Honor got really hot with Cody and the Young Bucks. WWE felt they had to sign up all The talent. They realized: “Our business is doing well. AEW is catching up. They have done amazing things for a company that has been around for less than three years. WWE always makes a billion dollars, so they don’t need to rack up all of that talent. “

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Of course, 40-year-old Danielson didn’t take long to establish himself on the main event scene. He will challenge “Hangman” Adam Page for the AEW World Championship at the next Winter is coming Special 2021.

Danielson left WWE on a positive note, writing a “Thank you, WWE” letter that was posted in The Players’ Tribune. It has also been reported that some members of WWE are not ruling out the possibility of Danielson possibly returning to the company. Even if that were to happen later, WWE will have to wait a bit, as Danielson’s AEW contract is for three years.

Danielson makes a good point

WWE has led several rounds of giant budget cuts dating back to April 2020. Danielson certainly makes a good point when you consider that the company released over 80 people alone here in 2021. McMahon and WWE had little reason to sign all of these talents in the first place, seeing how many of them were rarely used on television.

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