AEW star Bryan Danielson believes that talent and medical teams should work alongside each other more. During his post-show media scrum appearance, Bryan Danielson was asked about a spot in the Will Ospreay versus Kenny Omega match.
Ospreay hit Omega with a Tiger Driver ’91, (Tiger Driver ’98 is a safer alternative to the Tiger Driver ’91.) which resulted in plenty of concern from fans due to the apparent danger of the move. It is certainly quite a dangerous move to hit and it is basically a double underhook powerbomb. The move could be career-threatening if not executed properly.
Bryan Danielson is a not of the move
Bryan Danielson was asked to share his perspective on a move like that being smart or too risky. He said he isn’t the best to ask since he’s done some ill-advised things in his own career, but you still have to skate that line in matches.
“I remember when I was in WWE and John Cena tore his pec taking a hip toss. And so there are these things, and I go and talk to our doctors. Legitimately, before matches and I say, ‘What do you think about this? Can I do this?’ and they are very frank with me. ‘No you can’t do that’ or ‘Yes, you can do this, but only under certain circumstances.’ And I think for the safety of the performers, it’s the best thing for AEW to do that same kind of thing.
“I saw the Tiger Driver ’98, whatever you want to call it — that stuff does scare me because the potential for injury is so great. And I know specifically from a Kenny Omega — him and Will Ospreay are just fantastic — was it worth it? Did it actually make the match better, or is it just risky and part of their career? I don’t have the answer for that. We all did things, I did things to get noticed that I wouldn’t do today. You have to balance those things and those are two very driven men about wanting to put on the best pro wrestling matches they can. I don’t think it’s my responsibility to say who should do what because I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my career, but I think we should be working with our medical staff to approve certain things.”
Tiger Driver 91 from Will Ospreay! Shades of Misawa & Kawada. pic.twitter.com/IZJEewupVP
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