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Bryan Danielson reveals how much longer he'd like to continue his wrestling career

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Bryan Danielson stopped by "Wrestling Observer Radio" ahead of AEW Revolution to discuss wrestling in Japan, how much longer he wants to wrestle, and training Jade Cargill.

Danielson on when he plans on wrestling in Japan:

"I really do want to do New Japan, but I also kind of don't want to do it until fans can cheer because that's what I want out of wrestling," he said.

"Just doing it with the clapping, I mean, I'd still have fun. I think I'm one of the few people who enjoyed wrestling in the Performance Center with nobody. I enjoyed wrestling in the Thunderdome."

"I tend to find myself enjoying wrestling in whatever atmosphere it is. But I think from what I want out of my experience with New Japan, I would want people to be able to cheer." 

Danielson on how much longer he wants to wrestle:

'Well, I still got the itch to do it, but I just don't want to miss out on my kid's life," Bryan said.

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"One of the things that I think too, is that I am changing my wrestling style a little bit to be more like Nagata and more like Minoru Suzuki, as opposed to bigger bumps, and that sort of thing. I think that with the heavier bump taking style, you're less likely to have a long career with that, as opposed to say, a hard hitting style."

"Nagata will be in hard hitting wars, but he's not doing the top rope, dragon suplexes and all that kind of stuff, which I think is the stuff that potentially, you know, when you talk to Edge about it, it's the ladder matches. It's those big things that may have taken years off his career. So that's what I'm looking at now from a longevity perspective." 

On training Jade Cargill:

"She's a really hard worker. She's really smart," he said. "She's somebody who's willing to put in the work."

"I don't want to talk too much about her because I don't want to put any more pressure on her than there already is. She just had her one year anniversary from her first match just recently, and now she's in her first pay per view match on one of the most loaded Pay Per View cards of all time. I don't want to put any more pressure on her."

"It's weird, because, you know, I think she's great, but I also have a deep kind of sympathy for the position that she's put in. Not only is it a lot of pressure for her experience level, but we're also in a different age than we were in 1999, where social media feels like they can attack you on any small mess up. I don't know how many people attack me about my matches online. I don't really go on, but I'm sure if there's any little slip up or anything that's not perfect, and people just start criticizing and all that kind of stuff."

"We're also at an age where people are paying attention to it, right. We saw the the stuff with Hana Kimura, which was so sad that people feel on social media that with somebody who's on TV, or whatever it is, that they can just attack and attack and just say the meanest things or whatever it is, not putting into account how hard that person's working or that what other people say might be affecting them and all that kind of stuff. So, I just have a real sympathy not just for Jade, but almost this entire generation of younger wrestlers who are trying to come up on TV right now." 

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