In a move not originally expected, WWE has followed through on what Bryan Danielson and Tony Khan discussed at the media scrum after Danielson’s premiere at All Out: to not allow Danielson to use the “Yes” chants, or rather the motion of pointing to the sky with both arms, which was a way to get the crowd going in that vein.
If I know the AEW audience, though, which I think I do, they’ll be even louder come this evening when Danielson makes his way to the ring.
But gentleman that he is, Danielson is taking it all rather calmly. He has said of this in an interview with Rasslin with Brandon F. Walker:
“…So I had a great conversation with Kevin Dunn (and) with WWE before I debuted with AEW. I was very upfront with WWE about, ‘Okay, I want to let you guys know I’m leaving. This is my debut date’ and all that kind of stuff. They asked me, politely, to respect their intellectual property, even some of the things that couldn’t be legally enforced. I’m trying my best to do that…”VIA Rasslin with Brandon F. Walker
It’ll be hard to stop the audience from chanting “Yes!” every time Danielson comes out, which really, I don’t think they can, but according to a piece at wrestlingnews.co, he can’t really do the actual motion of pointing towards the sky, but as we all saw at All Out, he sure looked happy that the chant got underway.
This is often the slippery slope in professional wrestling and the fact that the mannerisms and the motions of a particular wrestler are considered to be intellectual property, which essentially makes it hard for a wrestler to portray himself at other promotions. They are actual people and not creations of a single person, after all.
This was perhaps best seen in 1996 when Kevin Nash and Scott Hall debuted in WCW after leaving WWE, Vince feeling that their characters or manner of speaking resembled the characters they had in WWE/WWF at the time and he proceeded to sue.
No one is talking about suing as of yet, as it has been displayed in the media right now, and as long as Danielson doesn’t lead the chants, everything should be copacetic, but you never know.
Bronson Reed in talks to return to professional wrestling
After being shockingly released by WWE, Bronson Reed is now in talks to return to professional wrestling and into the ring he performs so well in, but can we expect him in AEW?
He commented on the possibilities of wrestling at other promotions on an episode of Busted Open Radio. He said:
“I’m in talks with the major promotions. I can’t say any which way that I’m leaning towards…I do think that what I do offer, I don’t think AEW really has that. Impact doe(s) have some bigger talent, but no one that is really my mold. I think it’d fit in Impact or AEW…I am a huge fan and I did wrestle in Japan. That is somewhere I would like to work again. Granted, visa and immigration, it’s a little difficult at the moment. For me, at the moment, it’s working on my immigration status and hopefully, in the next few weeks I’ll have an answer for the fans. There are options…”VIA Busted Open Radio
It has been documented that after his WWE release, he was in peril of not being able to work in the United States, as he is an immigrant from Adelaide, South Australia, working via a work visa, but all of that (the ability to be employed in the US) ended when he lost his job with WWE.
Judging by his quote, he seems to be addressing this issue that affected many recently released WWE wrestlers as well; working on his immigration status seems to be priority number one, at which point thereafter we should all know more.
The momentum he had over at NXT, though, having beaten Johnny Wrestling himself, Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship, and in such a way, he deserves to be given a run at the best place to wrestle outside of McMahon Territory, and if you ask me, that would most definitely be AEW, but we’ll hopefully hear something soon, dear readers.
According to cultaholic.com, his 30-dy no-compete clause has come to an end and he’s free to go where he wishes. All that’s left to be seen is who makes the biggest or rather best offer.