Although Daniel Bryan continues teasing that he's nearing the end of his career, there are still plenty of people he'd like to work with.
Speaking with Bleacher Report, Bryan was asked if there were any non-WWE talents that he would like to get in the ring with. Before answering, however, Bryan was sure to clarify that he doesn't want to downplay how many guys in WWE he still wants and needs to wrestle. All that said, NJPW Superstar Kazuchika Okada was his first response. Here's what he said:
"Okada, from the time I got to WWE until now, he's gone from someone you didn't know much about to one of the best wrestlers in the world. I've actually wrestled Shingo [Takagi], and he's fantastic. I always loved him in Ring of Honor, and I wasn't even 30 years old yet, but for whatever reason, I wrestled Seth Rollins in one of his first big singles matches in Ring of Honor, and it was really the story of the veteran versus the young up-and-comer. I've always loved doing that sort of thing and those kinds of matches."
Bryan continued on to identify a handful of performers from AEW (acting as though he didn't know what the company was called), NXT, and Ring of Honor. He said the following:
"When you look at the AEWs or whatever it is, somebody like Jungle Boy or MJF or Darby Allin. Those guys are really interesting to me. When you look at NXT, he's not young, but I've always wanted to wrestle Kushida. That guy's great. Kyle O'Reilly and I, I don't know if we've ever wrestled. I've always wanted to do a singles match with him because he's gotten so, so good. Finn Balor and I have wrestled on the independents once or twice, and I'd love to do a match with him in WWE. There are just so many guys.
In Ring of Honor, there's a guy named Jonathan Gresham. He's fantastic. I'd love to wrestle Jonathan Gresham. There are all these great guys."
Bryan is thrilled with how many talented individuals there are wrestling right now. It's a good problem to have, but once you start naming names, it's hard to stop.
Bryan Is set to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Fastlane. Fightful will have live coverage of the event beginning at 3 PM PST on Sunday, March 21, 2021.