2018 was almost the year of Christopher Daniels retirement from in-ring competition. During his appearance on a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, Daniels laid out the scenario he had come up with.
My idea in January 2018 was Frankie and Sky would be there. I wouldn’t get my contract renewed, and I would return as whatever the authority figure was going to be. I thought, ‘I’ll be 49, that’s a good number to transition out of the ring.’ Now, I am 49, and I realize, ‘I don’t want to get out of the ring.’Christopher Daniels on Talk Is Jericho
Daniels also stated that this idea had come “way before any idea of AEW”. Christopher Daniels was joined by Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky to form So-Cal Uncensored. Better known as SCU, had been together as a trio with ROH for the better part of 2018. SCU would captured the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championships from their future employers: The Young Bucks. In winning those championships, Christopher Daniels became the first ROH Grand Slam champion in company history. Days after Ring Of Honor’s Final Battle 2018, the trio left the company.
Christopher Daniels: Not Ready for Retirement
Christopher Daniels storied career wasn’t going to come to an end, however. With All Elite Wrestling signing SCU to exclusive contracts, Daniels also had a role outside of the ring. He was named the head of talent relations for the company on an episode of Being The Elite.
It seems that Daniels career has been revitalized with the start of AEW. Daniels brings over twenty-five years of in-ring experience to All Elite Wrestling. He has traveled the world, and done nearly everything there is to do in the sport of professional wrestling. He looks to take All Elite Wrestling to another level, both in and out of the ring.