Bryan Danielson Writes Thank You Letter To WWE

Bryan Danielson has written an open letter in which he has thanked his former employers WWE. Danielson recently departed WWE to make the transition to All Elite Wrestling, where he made his surprise debut at the All Out pay per view on September 5th.

Ahead of the match against Kenny Omega at AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam, Bryan has written in The Players’ Tribune, entitled ‘Thank You, WWE.’ First of all, the recent AEW signee thanked his fellow superstars for being there for him, especially when he was away from home and touring on the road:

Thank you to the incredible superstars with whom I’ve shared both the ring and the road. For Savate-Kick Saturdays and locally roasted coffee. For being family when we’re away from family. For making me look good when I didn’t feel good. For deep conversations and pointless debates. For making me laugh — both in the best of times, and the worst. For all the small things that make life as a wrestler just a little bit more fun.

Danielson then went on to also thank those that viewers do not see on camera, praising all aspects of the crew and production teams throughout the company:

Thank you to the many people behind the scenes. The crew in WWE is amazing, from the folks operating the cameras to those in catering. From the producers to talent relations. Thank you to the production team, who always put together such amazing packages, and are such an underappreciated part of the stories we tell. Thank you to everyone involved in creative: for accepting me into the group, for sharing with me the lessons you’ve learned, and for the fun times we had talking about wrestling and non-wrestling subjects alike. It’s a difficult job, writing and producing WWE television, and I’m consistently blown away by your ability to make a seamless production out of such chaos!  

While not naming this induvial specifically, it can be assumed that the next part of the letter is thanking Bryan Danielson’s old boss, the owner of WWE, Vince McMahon:

Thank you to the Big Man, who I know hates to be acknowledged. I won’t say much, but thank you for the conversations, the life lessons (about both what to do and what not to do), and the best hug I’ve ever received. I wish more people could see you how I see you.

Image credit: Bleacher Report

The closing part of the thank you letter sees the former WWE Champion thank the fans for all of their support throughout his time in WWE. Bryan main evented WrestleMania twice during his career, WrestleMania 30 and night 2 of WrestleMania 37.

And last but certainly not least: Thank you to the WWE fans. You pushed my career to new heights — heights that I never would have reached for, on my own. Thank you for cheering me enthusiastically into the main event at WrestleMania 30, and thank you for booing me vociferously against Kofi at WrestleMania 35. Thank you for crying with me when I was forced to retire, and thank you for celebrating with me when I was cleared to compete. Thank you for hijacking that show in Seattle — the last time my dad ever got to see me wrestle. He signed his first autograph that night: Buddy Danielson, Daniel Bryan’s dad.

I loved my time in WWE. Needless to say, it changed my life. I met my wife, had unbelievable experiences and made great friends. Some of you, I may see again…. and I hope that I do. But these last two years have taught us not to take that for granted. So I just wanted to tell you all how much you’ve meant to me. I’m grateful that you allowed me into your lives, and that you came into mine. I’ll cherish these memories forever.

Thank you for reading — and most of all, thank you for caring.

Bryan Danielson’s first match for AEW will be taking place on the September 22nd episode of AEW Dynamite inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. While Bryan will be facing AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, the AEW World Championship will not be on the line in this match.

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