Christopher Daniels has been wrestling for almost a quarter century but, according to a recent interview, he is not ready to hang up the boots just yet.
During a recent interview posted on the official Ring of Honor site, Daniels said he hasn't given any thought to life after wrestling.
“I haven’t given any concrete thought to it," said Daniels, who will turn 47 years old in March and made his wrestling debut in 1993. "I don’t know if I see it yet from where I’m at, but I know it’s closer now than it’s ever been. It’s still hard to put a date on it or say, 'Oh, I’ve got two years or six months or five years.' I certainly feel some of the matches a lot more than I did even three years ago. But at the same time, I know I’m one win away from being a champion again. If Frankie and I are given the opportunity, I feel like we can be World Tag Team Champions. And now with the Decade of Excellence tournament final, I could get an opportunity to be world champion finally after 15 years of Ring of Honor’s existence and 24 years of being in this business. This could be my shot, and so when things like this happen, it’s hard to say, 'Oh well, I’m only going to do this another year or two years.' This opportunity clouds the finish line for me.”
Daniels was in the main event of the very first ROH show back in February of 2002 and was an early cornerstone of the promotion, leading his heel faction called The Prophecy. Now in his fourth stint with ROH, Daniels has won the tag titles four times and the TV Title once... but has never been ROH World Champion.
“I feel like I’ve done enough in my career where people will respect my contributions, so I don’t know if I need the world championship, but I certainly do want it," he said. "I put the idea of being world champion aside for a while in concentrating on the tag team with Frankie. I do have that pang of regrets sometimes. I feel like I’m being a little selfish, but at the same time, we’re all a little selfish when it comes to being World Champion. I’m sure Frankie would feel the same way.”
Daniels has advanced to the finals of the Decade of Excellence tournament, where he will face Jay Lethal and Jay Briscoe with the winner earning an ROH World Title shot at the 15th Anniversary event to be held March 10 in Las Vegas.