Kyle O'Reilly Explains What Wrestling Bryan Danielson Would Mean To Him; Names AEW Dream Opponents

Kyle O'Reilly wants to wrestle those with a similar mindset to himself, especially Bryan Danielson.

Kyle O'Reilly left NXT and within two weeks was in AEW. His first order of business was to reconnect with Bobby Fish and Adam Cole but looking down the line, there is one dream match that is now possible with Kyle O'Reilly in All Elite Wrestling.

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Speaking to Renee Paquette on The Sessions podcast, O'Reilly explained how much it would mean for him to wrestle Bryan Danielson. Both men are products of the 2000's independent scene but Brian had a headstart on Kyle by a few years. As such, Kyle wants to get the opportunity to finally test himself in the ring against Bryan Danielson, something that has never happened before.

"I broke in in 2005 and at the time, Bryan Danielson was the Ring of Honor champion and was just on this legendary run. He was coming up to DC to work quite a bit. He was still living in Washington at the time. So I got to, you know, chat with him and train with him a little bit here and there, but I never had a chance to wrestle Bryan and he's a guy that I've literally wanted to wrestle at my entire career and we've sort of been like ships passing in the night like," said Kyle. "Once I kind of leveled up to go to that next phase of my career, he was moving on to the next phase of his career. Not to say that I left NXT to hopefully wrestle Bryan Danielson but you got to go where the getting's good and I felt there was -- maybe I could work this guy one day."

Kyle also shared a story that William Regal told him about coming to the United States with the goal of wrestle Ric Flair and having to wait for a while before that match could take place because when Regal finally made it to the WCW, Ric Flair was still in the middle of his first run in WWE

"I don't want to get too much into this. It's kind of a private conversation that I had with [William] Regal before leaving NXT. I'd mentioned this to him, like, I don't want to seem like a guy that just wants to go somewhere to wrestle a guy, but he was like, 'No, I get it. When I left Britain, I wanted to wrestle Ric Flair, but he was in WWF, at the time, and I came to WCW. Then, he came to WCW, and I got to wrestle Ric Flair.' I hope he doesn't mind me sharing that," Kyle said.

Aside from Bryan Danielson, Kyle is also looking forward to wrestling people like Lee Moriarty and Daniel Garcia. Two men that also have a similar wrestling philosophy to himself.

"I really hope that I get a chance to wrestle Bryan, and there's a ton of young talent there that I think my style would mesh with really well. A guy like Daniel Garcia and Lee Moriarty, these guys that have a similar philosophy as myself in the way they like to present their style of wrestling. I think that's really cool and that's what's so cool about AEW, there is such a wealth of talent and a wealth of different styles. I'm so excited to get back in there, and whether it's tag or singles, just to tear it up and do what I think I do best and that's just shut up and wrestle," he concluded.

Elsewhere on the podcast, Kyle spoke about the shift in philosophy in NXT as the brand changed over to NXT 2.0. Learn more here.

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