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Bryan Danielson: Why He Doesn’t Want AEW World Championship

One big thing: Bryan Danielson doesn’t want to be AEW World Champion

Ahead of AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, top AEW star Bryan Danielson has revealed he’s not interested in becoming AEW World Champion at this point in his career.

Why it matters

• Danielson’s stance challenges the common perception that all wrestlers aspire to be world champions.
• It reflects a shift in priorities for veteran performers in the modern wrestling landscape.
• This revelation could impact fan expectations and AEW’s booking decisions moving forward.

By the numbers

• Danielson is 0-17 in his last 17 title matches across various promotions.
• His last world championship reign ended at WrestleMania 35 in 2019.

What they’re saying

Danielson told Sports Illustrated:

“I don’t want to be in that [world champion] position–I don’t feel like that’s my position anymore. The quality of wrestling in AEW is so high, it’s really hard to main-event pay-per-views. That’s not something my body can really do anymore.”

The big picture

• Danielson’s focus seems to be on elevating younger talent and putting on quality matches.
• His perspective aligns with AEW’s emphasis on in-ring performance over traditional title-centric storytelling.
• This approach could set a new standard for how veteran wrestlers contribute to promotions.

What’s next

Danielson will face NJPW’s Shingo Takagi in an Owen Hart Cup Men’s Quarterfinal Match at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door on June 30.

Do you think Bryan Danielson’s stance on not wanting to be world champion is a refreshing take in professional wrestling? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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