Bryan Danielson has spoken of his anger of being released by WWE and confirmed that he was released due to his breaking of the company’s PG rules.
The former ROH champion, who went by the name of Daniel Bryan in WWE, was sacked after he “went too far” in an attack by the NXT rookies choking ring announcer Justin Roberts with his tie and spitting in John Cena’s face.
Some thought the firing was part of a storyline, especially after Cena Tweeted that Bryan should be reinstated, however most now accept it was a real life incident.
The WWE has allowed Danielson to wrestle for other companies during his 90 day no compete clause, on the condition that the matches aren’t televised
Bryan wrote on his blog: “Since the WWE statement was released I’ve been bombarded with messages asking me if it’s real, and by now I’m sure that most people know that it is.
“WWE is very serious about adhering to their PG guidelines, and apparently my actions during the NXT attack on John Cena, namely choking announcer Justin Roberts with his tie and spitting in Cena’s face, crossed the boundaries of what is considered PG.
“Perhaps the choking was too violent or perhaps the spit was too demeaning.
“I apologized for both immediately following the incident but I would be a hypocrite if I apologized for putting everything I have into the attack. I would much rather have gone too far than to come up too short.
“As with anyone who gets fired from their job, especially when they feel its unjust, I am angry. Very angry.
“But I can’t fault WWE for how they handled my release. My contract contained a 90 day no-compete clause in the event I was let go, yet the WWE has graciously allowed me start wrestling again on any show that’s not taped for television or PPV.”
Bryan also found some positive in his release namely now being able to attract more fans to watch him on the independent wrestling scene.
He added: “With most of us having little national exposure the only thing we could do was wrestle our hearts out and hope for word of mouth.
“Now that I’ve appeared on WWE television in front of millions of new fans, things are different. My goal is to garner as much interest in independent wrestling over the next 90 days as I possibly can.
“I hope that some of the people who enjoyed watching me wrestle on TV will give independent companies such as Evolve, Dragon Gate USA and Ring of Honor a chance.
“I think most of you would enjoy the intimacy between the fans and the wrestlers and the intensity of the action.”
Once those 90 days are up, it’s most likely Bryan will return to the WWE especially with the likes of Cena and Jim Ross fighting his corner and fans chanting his name.
TNA are also rumoured to be interested and would have an immediate series of dream matches on their hands between Bryan and his former Ring of Honor foe Nigel McGuiness, now known as Desmond Wolfe.
Looking at both options, Danielson said: “Regardless of what offers come in, I am in no rush to make any rash decisions.
“I enjoy my freedom as much as I enjoyed the benefits offered by being in WWE.
“My future, as usual, is uncertain. But I am enjoying my return to the independents.
“I’m hoping to see some of you there.”