Bryan Danielson has clarified some of the comments he made at AEW Collision about his future in the ring.
Danielson did a promo on Saturday’s show and said he promised his six-year-old daughter that he would start finishing his degree when he turned seven next May. He recently told Sports Illustrated that this means potentially “closing up shop” next summer.
“In my opinion, it will be around August of next year,” Danielson said. “My daughter will say to me, ‘Dad, are you going to stop wrestling when she turns seven?’ And I’ll say, ‘Well, not exactly when you turn seven, but I’ll be in the final stretch.'”
However, Danielson doesn’t think he’ll ever retire for good. He expanded on what his future in the ring could look like, including the possibility of him going years between bouts.
“I don’t think I’ll ever get to a point where I declare I’m completely done,” Danielson continued. “I want to have the ability to show up when I want to show up. Terry Funk is someone I always admired. He retired a million times, but he loved it so much that he couldn’t help but keep doing it. And he did it when he wanted. For me, it could be a couple of times a year, or it could be years between fights.”
“I didn’t have the opportunity to do All In this year. I would like to have that opportunity next year. We have a show, WrestleDream, this October 1st in Seattle where I will fight Zack Saber Jr. If we have another one next year in Seattle? Maybe it is then. “My daughter will be seven in May, so it’s a good time to close the store.”
Danielson also noted that her contract with AEW expires shortly after her daughter’s birthday.
“I always thought I would fight until the day I die,” he continued. “But it won’t be this regular weekly fight. I don’t even know if there will be wrestling at big shows. I always wanted to fight for DEFY in Seattle. How easy would it be for me to call the promoter and come some weekend? They wouldn’t even need to promote me. “I could come in, surprise people and do my thing.”
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