Ahead of tonight’s AEW Dynamite in Albany, New York, AEW wrestler Bryan Danielson spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated to discuss his matchup on tonight’s show. Danielson is set to face Chris Jericho in the semifinals of a tournament to crown a new AEW World Champion.
During the interview, Danielson commented on whether he cares about being the “top guy” in AEW, his storyline with Daniel Garcia, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
Danielson not worrying about being the top guy: “For me, it’s not about being the top guy. I don’t care about that. And it’s not about leading the locker room. You can be a leader without the title. I like the feeling of big championship matches. Championship matches are my favorite kind of matches to wrestle. It’s a different feeling from anything else.”
On tonight’s match: “This is an opportunity to create more excitement. I’m pretty pumped about the title tournament. It just lends gravity to all these matches. I’m really excited.”
His thoughts on Chris Jericho: “One of the things I love about pro wrestling is the different personalities. If Chris and I weren’t wrestlers, would we share anything in common? I don’t know, but I know we share a love for this. The reason Chris Jericho wrestles is because he loves it. That’s a shared passion. That’s my connection with Daniel Garcia, too. That love of wrestling brings us all together.”
Danielson on Daniel Garcia’s role in the storyline: “We’re vying for the soul of Daniel Garcia, so we were each wrestling to impress him. Isn’t that cool? It’s not just about us. One of the things I really enjoy about AEW is building up younger talent, and Garcia is a huge part of the story. And I loved that it was just a wrestling match against Chris at All Out. We could have had a lot of bells and whistles, but we really stripped it down. I love stripping down wrestling to just wrestling. That’s also a lot of fun for me. It really felt special, especially considering we’ve been around each other for so long but never had a pay-per-view match.”
AEW Dynamite airs tonight at 8:00 PM EST on TBS.