WWE had the idea that Daniel Bryan was injury prone, but he spoke out against that narrative. He only had one surgery throughout his 21-year career in the ring, but concussions caused him to miss a substantial of time while he was in his prime. Vince McMahon was very protective of Bryan Danielson and that extended to The Chairman getting upset about his matches when things got a bit dangerous.
While speaking to the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Bryan Danielson revealed a story about how Vince McMahon got mad a him after a match with Drew Gulak. McMahon didn’t like the way that Danielson landed off a German suplex. The match was great, but Vince McMahon was still upset about Bryan taking that risk.
“Vince is very protective of me in almost like a fatherly type way,” he said. “I was wrestling Drew Gulak at Elimination Chamber right before the pandemic. I took a German suplex that went a little bit wrong and I landed on my head. When I got to the back, Vince was so mad at me and he was like, it wasn’t anything about the performance. After he got mad at me, I said, ‘Was the match okay?’ ‘Yeah, the match was great, but you can’t do that.’ He doesn’t want me to get hurt. You don’t want your boss to get mad at you. I saw it as coming from a very loving perspective.”
Bryan Danielson can do as he pleases now without Vince McMahon there to get angry if he gets a bit overzealous about the situation.
Danielson still respects McMahon a lot and he even carries around a notebook full of things that he learned from Mr. McMahon. We have to wonder if “don’t land on your head” ever made the list. You can check out that match with Drew Gulak from Elimination Champion below.
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September 23, 2021 12:58 pm