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Bryan Danielson says he will be done as full-time wrestler in three years

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Bryan Danielson made an appearance on Audacy's WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/660AM New York show, Moose & Maggie, to promote Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam episode where he will be wrestling AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega in a non-title match.

During it, he spoke about the concussion that led to his retirement a few years ago in addition to his plans of finishing up as a full-time wrestler in three years. The following was sent to us:

“When I was kind of forced to retire, it was more based out of, like, because I lied to them – that’s a good lesson to a lot of people, when you're talking your medical history, be very honest, because some things were uncovered. (They said), 'Wait a second. It's not that we don't think you can wrestle. We can't trust you anymore with your body.'" [11:40*]

“Proving things is focused on other people. I’m not interested in that. I feel like I’ve proven to everybody that I’m pretty good at what I do.... I see these next three years as kind of my last as a full-time wrestler... In my mind, it’s not like I’m tapering off – this is the climax of my career.” [22:20]

Interview Rundown:

01:30 -- Joining AEW and why now, AEW seems fun, thanking WWE publicly including the catering people who would make his vegan meals

04:15 -- Similarities and differences between Vince McMahon and Tony Khan; Didn't have to be convinced to join AEW, hard element was his loyalty to Vince McMahon

06:55 -- Took summer off to be home with daughter

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08:00 -- CM Punk being in the AEW, 1st time he met Punk at an independent show, Punk's energy while he was in WWE vs now in AEW

09:20 -- Leaving WWE on positive terms

10:45 -- Lowest point was around WrestleMania 30, nerve damage and not being able to unlock car with one hand

12:30 -- Tom Brady and Lebron James' idea of investing in yourself; Being able to wrestle his son when he's old enough and being in shape to do so

14:45 -- Filming a reality show: "It's too much."

17:20 -- How the AEW locker room differs from WWE, mentorship and the youth in AEW, his mentor William Regal

19:55 -- Competition between AEW and WWE on the business level, TV deals

25:00 -- Owen Hart Foundation

Article 1: https://www.audacy.com/wfan/sports/aews-bryan-danielson-on-injuries-winding-down-his-career

Article 2: https://www.audacy.com/wfan/sports/why-is-bryan-danielson-in-aew-it-looks-like-a-lot-of-fun