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Bryan Danielson’s emotional explanation for spitting on Daniel Garcia

Bryan Danielson is on a quest to cement his status as the best wrestler in the world in his final year as a full-time competitor in the ring. Thus, his participation in the AEW Continental Classic tournament. Danielson’s latest matchup was a victory over Daniel Garcia on Rampage. After the win, Danielson committed an act of disrespect by spitting on Garcia.

When asked why, the American Dragon delivered an emotional message about his decisions, family, and love.

Bryan Danielson: Sometimes I do things that I don’t know why. And when I come back here and meditate, I figure out why. A lot of stuff comes up when I started that match. A lot of stuff that comes up from last year, things that I try to forget, but my body remembers.

Last year telling Daniel Garcia that his entire life he’s wanted to be a wrestler and not a sports entertainer. And then what had happened? When I was facing Chris Jericho in a Ring of Honor world title match, he completely betrayed me. And I get it. I get it. That happens in wrestling. But if he would have joined the BCC, I would have treated him like a son. I would have treated him like a son.

And it also brings up this fear that I’ve promised my daughter that this would be my last full-time year as a professional wrestler. And this fear that of if by the time that I go home and I make that promise, that she doesn’t want me anymore.

And I couldn’t articulate it when I was out there, but my body felt it. My body felt that fear. Because eventually, she’s going to grow up, and she’s not going to want her dad around. And am I giving up this thing that I love so much for somebody who might not even want me? But then, I’ve talked about this before. That’s when you have to look deep down to see if you truly understand what love is.

I’m going to stop being a full-time wrestler, and I’m going to go back and be with my daughter. I’m going to be with my son, even when they don’t want me there. Because even when they don’t want me there, they need me there.

You can see in Daniel Garcia. Last year, he didn’t want me there. But a year later, one year later, he’s still struggling to find his identity. He needed me there.

That doesn’t make the spitting right. But if you want to know why I spit on Daniel Garcia, that’s why.

That is an interesting reply from Danielson peeling back on the psychology of his inner fears. It is very relatable, however, it certainly doesn’t justify his behavior. Sounds like Danielson could use a father-figure of his own to sort through these issues. Get Christian Cage on the line.

Danielson is 2-0 in the tournament, and the road only gets tougher with future contests against Andrade on Collision, Brody King, and Claudio Castagnoli in the Blue League.

As for Garcia, he commented on defeat. This wasn’t a reaction to Danielson’s message. Garcia was brief in reflecting on his path of change.

Garcia drops to 0-3. He’ll have a chance to play spoiler against Brody King and a fight for bragging rights against Eddie Kingston.

What’s your take on Danielson’s promo?

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