As previously reported, former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan has reportedly signed with AEW. Bryan has spent the last eleven years of his wrestling career with WWE. He had last appeared with the company in April of this year in a match with Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship on SmackDown. Bryan lost the match, and per the stipulation, he was banned from SmackDown as his contract with the company was set to expire.

Bryan is reportedly expected to debut for AEW on Dynamite on September 22nd for a special show called ďGrand SlamĒ that will emanate from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. The show will be AEWís first ever in New York.

WWE Hall of Famer Booker T spoke about the reports that Bryan is All Elite bound on The Hall of Fame Podcast, stating he isnít surprised by the former WWE Superstarís AEW arrival. The former 5x WCW Champion also mentioned that heís not upset with Bryan for jumping to AEW and nor should anyone with WWE, stating heís happy for the wrestling legend.

ďIím like Nate Diaz, Iím not surprised,Ē Booker said jokingly. ďIím going to leave the last part off, but Iím not surprised at all, man as far as guys making the switch and going over. Itís war man, it really is and these guys have every right to actually do it the way they want to do it and if theyíre not happy over here.

ďDaniel Bryan has had a great career in WWE, he was making money on the independent circuit, this guy was putting in the work. Iím not going to hate and the thing is WWE shouldnít hate either. Basketball players go to different teams every year. We saw LeBron James leave Cleveland and say Iím going to South Beach. I understand, I get it, if I was one of those guys I might be thinking the same exact thing.Ē


In the report, it was also stated that Bryan asked for creative input in his character and the ability to work in Japan for NJPW. Booker commented on Bryan wanting some input in his character, saying thatís what a lot of wrestlers nowadays want in their career. He also talked about his wrestling company, Reality of Wrestling, and the reason he created it being so that he could have control over his own company.

ďItís not like it used to be back in the day where guys wanted to have a 20 year career in WWE,Ē Booker mentioned. ďIt was different back then, itís a totally different time now with these young guys and the way they see this business. Itís their world and I canít sit here and hate what Daniel Bryan is doing.

ďOne thing about Daniel Bryan and AEW, heís going to be able to pretty much write his own ticket, go out and have the matches that he wants to have. Go ahead and create the stories that he wants to create. I always wanted to be able to create and do my own thing as well, I knew I wasnít going to be able to do that in WWE, thatís why I got Reality of Wrestling. I said Iíll create my own stories, Iíll create my own angles. Thatís what guys want to do, they want to be able to do their own thing and AEW has given a lot of these guys a chance to do their own thing.Ē