WWE legend Bryan Danielson teases retirement after draining AEW match: ‘It’s time for me to go home’

Bryan Danielson has concerned fans with his comments (Picture: AEW)

Bryan Danielson has insisted it’s time for him to ‘go home’ after AEW Revolution.

The former WWE superstar, best known to fans as Daniel Bryan, has reflected on his grueling 60-minute Iron Man Match with MJF over the weekend, which saw him miss out on a chance to become AEW World Champion.

However, his focus after the bought was on his children Birdie, five, and two-year-old Buddy, both of whom he shares with WWE Hall of Famer wife Brie Bella.

Bryan had to retire due to injury in 2016 before making a sensational return two years later.

In a pre-recorded video on Wednesday night’s episode of AEW Dynamite, he said: ‘I always thought I was doing this for my kids. When I was forced to retire, I wanted to teach them that if you love something, you have to fight for it.

‘What I realised out there [on Sunday] was that Max was right. This whole time, my whole career has been [about] legs, lungs, heart, and never giving up. That’s always what I thought was best — to just fight, fight and fight.’

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However, he claimed that changed midway through his bout with Maxwell Jacob Friedman

‘When I woke up from being unconscious, I found myself in a LeBell Lock, and my first instinct was to fight! As I was fighting, I realised I couldn’t feel my arms. My left leg didn’t have any strength anymore,’ he said.

‘And when Max said, after the Iron Man Match, that I wouldn’t be able to play with my kids…it dawned on me. He’s right.’

Bryan fought MJF in the main event of Revolution (Picture: AEW)

He threw everything at MJF but came up short (Picture: AEW)

A visibly emotional Bryan added that he had put his focus on winning championship gold, but now he needed to get his priorities straight.

‘I was putting myself before my family,’ he said. ‘More than tapping out, that made me more ashamed than anything else. It’s time for me to go home.’

The former world champion has been open about nearing a stage in his career where he wouldn’t be full time anymore, and fans took his comments to mean that time has come.

‘Amazing promo by Bryan but I hope “home” isn’t him retiring I’m not ready,’ wrote one fan, while another added: ‘Is Bryan Danielson retiring again please I don’t wanna cry again knowing the 60 minute iron man match was his last match (sic)’

Others wondered if ‘home’ referred to another promotion, such as a return to WWE or Ring of Honor, with the latter owned by AEW boss Tony Khan and a huge part of Bryan’s legacy.

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