Back in March, pro wrestling veteran Christopher Daniels won the Ring of Honor World Championship for the first time in his career, occurring about 15 years after he first debuted with the promotion. While people like myself have followed Daniel’s career for almost as long as he’s been with the company — I’ve followed his career since the spring of 2000 — other more casual wrestling fans might be left wondering why ROH awarded its top prize to a 47-year-old while their company is focused on building new stars. However, at the end of the day, Daniels’ championship victory was one of the most memorable moments in ROH’s history, because finally — FINALLY — watching Daniels lifelong dream in the twilight of his career come into fruition is what wrestling is truly about.
While promoting ROH’s War of the Worlds tour, Daniels spoke to the crew of Ring Rust Radio about the rising stars who’ll take the wrestling business by storm — he brings up Dalton Castle, Jay White, Flip Gordon, War Machine (the tag team), Marty Scurll and Will Ospreay — how many more years he believes he has in the tank to continue wrestling — he’s been in the business for nearly 25 years — and which four faces would he carve into ROH’s version of Mount Rushmore — here’s a hint: all four of them have WWE connections — and Daniels refuses to insert himself in that list.
Daniels is a one-of-a-kind talent who has the reputation of being one of the most modest and overall good people in the sport; someone who takes his time to helps others improve their abilities as well as his own. While he’s one of the many reasons for the recent success of Ring of Honor, we can’t forget that he was also a star in TNA Wrestling (now Impact Wrestling — I know, the re-branding isn’t working that much; maybe they could have bothered by renaming the championships), helping put that promotion on the map in its early years. I can definitely say that when Daniels decides to hang up the boots, his influence on other wrestlers and fans will surely be missed, so as fans, we need to enjoy and appreciate every match and moment he creates and is part of up until that day comes.