AEW’s Bryan Danielson has said teaming with Kane allowed him the chance to convince those backstage to give him a main event push in WWE.
Danielson teamed with Kane from 2012-2013 as Team Hell No, and held the WWE Tag Team Championships for 246 days before losing to Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
Speaking to Metro, Danielson recalled his time with the Big Red Machine as a turning point in his career:
“I think that period was actually the making of Daniel Bryan, as far as a WrestleMania main-eventer. That period was perfect for me because it gave me a chance to show some character and be entertaining, all that kind of stuff. But then we would go in the ring against The Shield it would allow me to highlight some of my strengths in those tag matches, just being a ball of fire and then burn to the ground essentially.”
In 2014, Bryan would be pushed into the main event scene, becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 30.
Danielson and Kane would later feud over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and would reunite for one last, brief run as a tag team in WWE.