Danny Limelight spoke about how Aron Stevens taught him it was okay to integrate his natural self into his character.
Joining ONE on ONE with Jon Alba, Limelight spoke about all the different sides of his personality and how it was a lot to handle. It wasn't until former WWE Superstar Damien Sandow, now Aron Stevens, sat him down that he realized he could be and do everything. All it took was going back to his roots. He said the following:
“I was mixing wanting to be Danny Limelight. I was mixing being a father. I was mixing being a Marine, then trying to be Danny Rivera on TV. So it was just a lot for me to handle at the time. Then in 2020, Aron Stevens, formerly known as Damien Sandow, he kind of sat me down and was like, ‘you can do all this shit. You can do all the things, you can fly, you can grapple, you know, you’ve got all of that. This is what’s going to take you to the next level.’ He’s like, ‘you can be Danny Limelight, but we want you to be this Puerto Rican street kid, from New York, from your upbringing. Just go back to your roots’ is the word he said. ‘Go back to your roots.’ And I said ‘huh, I remember my roots.’ I never forget where I came from. So I was like, ‘alright, I’ll do this.’ And I think that's when I made that decision to just be Danny Limelight, who I am, Puerto Rican kid from New York City, that’s when I started having the better matches of my career.”
In September 2021, MLW announced that Rivera (Danny Limelight) had signed with the company. Rivera made his debut at MLW Battle Riot, joining Konnan in 5150. Fightful Select reported in July that Limelight had signed a multi-year deal with MLW.
At tonight's MLW War Chamber event, 5150 (Slice Boogie & Danny “Limelight” Rivera) will take on Los Parks (LA Park, LA Park Jr, & Hijo de LA Park) in a Philly Street Fight for the MLW Tag Team Titles.
Fightful will have results from MLW War Chamber following its conclusion.