Bryan Danielson is among a few people who have been able to work with Vince McMahon and Tony Khan as a top star. Danielson finished up with WWE last April as he decided to not renew his contract. After taking a few months off, he opted to sign with AEW where he made his promotional debut at the All Out event in September.
During a recent appearance on The Masked Man Show, Danielson shared that Khan advised him to alter his perspective regarding how wrestling should work when he first joined the promotion.
"I don't remember exactly what it was, but he said, 'I think we're gonna have to spend some time to get that notion out of your head,' which was a very WWE notion of how wrestling is.” Danielson thought that he was very open-minded and thinking outside of the box, but realized that he was only thinking the WWE way.
Danielson switched gears to something he learned from McMahon but noted that he is conscious of things he says about his former boss because of the respect he has for him.
This is when he shared that one of the things he taught him was to use the ability of silence in your favor instead of saying something you don’t have an answer for.
"If somebody asks you a question, 'well, maybe we could do...' and you put out maybe not even your best answer. You could just say, 'Hmmm, let me think about it.' Sometimes when you talk to him and ask him a question, he'll sit there and not say a word for 30 seconds or longer, which feels like the longest time in history, but he's not going to give you a bad answer. He's not going to give you an off-the-cuff answer. The ability to sit and wait and be patient enough, and even if you don't come up with it, you get, 'okay, let me think about that.' That was one of the earliest lessons I learned from him, but there is no trepidation in the back of my mind that he wouldn't want me to say that [laughs].”
Danielson is slated to wrestle Jon Moxley at next Sunday’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view event. The top AEW also talked in this interview about why he actually enjoyed working with the writers in WWE and more.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription