Dave Meltzer noted on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that Bryan Danielson received similar deals by both WWE and AEW.
The money was close and both included the clause that he could work for NJPW. However, the former WWE Champion went to AEW as a way to help the industry because he believes competition among two promotions is better for the business.
“Both offers (from WWE and AEW) were money wise similar and both would have allowed him to do New Japan. WWE was going to allow him to do New Japan and he was trying to open the door for other people in WWE that wanted to go to New Japan to be able to do that but that seems to be a dead issue right now from a WWE standpoint. I haven’t heard anything about WWE guys going to New Japan.”
Meltzer continued, “One of the things that he was talking about making his decision about was what would be the best thing for the industry as a whole as opposed what would be the best thing for him…perhaps, probably in looking at the picture, he may have felt like Mick Foley did many many years ago when he went to TNA, that the best thing for the industry is competition at a high level and Mick Foley went to TNA years ago for that reason..”
“At the end of the day, I am sure that he probably got along really good with Tony Khan but he is a big Vince McMahon fan, more than people really understand. He’s a big fan of Vince McMahon as a person, so it was not an easy decision. His wife and his sister-in-law are probably gonna be back in WWE. They have said that. They are not going to AEW as far as I know. ..It was [John Laurinaitis’s] job to make sure that Bryan signed and did not go so that’s a tricky thing there but at the end of the day, he made the decision to go.”
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