Bryan Danielson Tries To Make Good On Missed Indy Show
Now I realize why I'm single. . . . some good news and some bad news.
Today was without a doubt one of the longest days in Millennium Wrestling Federation history. Mental and physical exhaustion don't even begin to describe it. It started with my cell phone going wild during the main event of SummerSlam Sunday night when Daniel Bryan returned to WWE. . .an extremely tense 28 hour period followed until we heard from Bryan last night after 3AM. . .and then a day that could fill a chapter in a book. I remember shutting the lights off last night around 4AM thinking "what the hell is going to happen tomorrow?"
It was my hope that somehow, someway WWE would go along with our request to have him appear as agreed upon in June. At the end of the day, Daniel Bryan is WWE's intellectual property again that they're investing millions of dollars in promoting. Our anniversary event is 24 hours before WWE's Night Of Champions PPV. Do they want to risk him possibly running into travel issues that would cause him to miss what I imagine will be a US Title match against The Miz so he can compete in Melrose?? MWF fans don't want to hear it, but the answer is no. Believe me, from a personal level it is just as frustrating for us as it is for you. On a business level, though, it makes total sense.
After speaking with a few MWF officials on a few hours sleep, we made the decision to get the first part of this column online asap to let the fans know what was going on - barring a bizarre act of God where Daniel Bryan is no longer a part of WWE between now and then, he is absolutely not going to be at the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH. It is, unfortunately, what it is. . .
With that in mind, it is our goal, our focus and commitment to find a quality replacement for Bryan September 18th. I was in contact with people in WWE today. . .I was in contact with people in TNA today. . .I was in contact with wrestling insiders. . .in constant contact with our inner circle. . . .the main objective being what is the best direction to go for this event to give the fans the best experience humanly possible. . .
I am also very happy to say I had a series of email conversations with Bryan today that show that this man is a 110% class act. This isn't Jake Roberts we're talking about. . .this isn't Terri Runnels, Jim Neidhart or some of the other sleaze we've dealt with in the past that screwed over both the company and fans. This is an athlete that is fulfilling his dream on the biggest stage in the world. How many of us would pass down that opportunity??
With that said, we have some good news. When Bryan is in Boston August 30th for WWE Monday Night Raw, we will be meeting in person, where he will autograph the posters he's on that will be included in all VIP Front Row packages (a big time replacement for the generic event poster that was included). On top of that, Bryan will make a video announcement as to exactly who his replacement will be September 18th. Outside of him actually being at the event, it was a tremendous offer - an offer that was made by BRYAN, not anything we had requested. Let's forget about the wrestling vocabulary of "the promotion," "the booker," "the boys," etc. That offer says ions about him as a human being. Our superfans will receive an autographed poster from one of the top superstars in WWE, and fans across the world will find out who Daniel Bryan's replacement is out of his own mouth. That's pretty cool. Bryan wrote about this situation in his own BLOG tonight.