Christopher Daniels Almost Retired From Wrestling Before Joining AEW

The SoCal Uncensored man is still going strong at 49 years old.

Christopher Daniels

SoCal Uncensored's Christopher Daniels looks set to play a major role for All Elite Wrestling going forward, inside the ring and out.

Daniels and stablemates Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian were tasked with opening last month's Double Or Nothing pay-per-view, and June 29's Fyter Fest sees him collide with former Dragon Gate legend CIMA. On top of this, Daniels also serves as AEW's head of Talent Relations, making him a key go-between for wrestlers and management.

None of this would have come to pass had he followed through on a 2018 plan to hang up his wrestling boots for good, though.


Per Daniels on a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, he came up with a full-on retirement plan while in Ring Of Honor in 2018, with the idea that he'd call it quits then return as "the matchmaker or GM or whatever the authority figure was going to be." He figured 49 would be a good age to transition out of in-ring competitor. Now, however, he has reached that point, and he "still doesn't want to get out of the ring yet."

That Daniels is still able to perform at such a high level this late in his career is testament to how well he has looked after himself. Long may it continue.

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