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Daniels' chemistry with Styles will shine at Bound For Glory
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


A.J. Styles confronts Christopher Daniels on Impact Wrestling.


Every time Christopher Daniels stands in a wrestling ring, he wants to make an impression -- moments that fans will remember.

Sunday's TNA Bound for Glory pay-per-view could very well be another of those moments for the highlight reel.

All the ingredients are there for a show-stopper. His opponent is out-of-ring best buddy and in-ring frequent nemesis A.J. Styles. The pay-per-view is considered the highlight of TNA's year and often has match- of-the-year candidates.

"AJ and I have great chemistry," said Daniels. "The number of times we've been in the ring together ... it could be more than 100. For awhile, it seemed like every promoter wanted to put us together.

"We go into it hoping to have a quality match. The personal challenge for us is to make it memorable.

"He and I have the same sensibility of what we want to get done in the ring. We just complement each other. We've got that chemistry that you maybe find once or twice in a career. I think the match has the potential to steal the show."

Daniels isn't the biggest guy in the world. Maybe 220 lbs. or so. But he's one of the world's most talented in-ring performers -- sometimes slipping beneath the radar because he doesn't wrestle within the WWE monolith.

"When I first started training, Shawn Michaels was somebody I emulated. He wasn't a bigger guy. I was about 180 lbs. and 20 years ago it would have meant I wouldn't have been in the business. But guys like Michaels and Sean Waltman (paved the way.).

Daniels also put on masks to do the Curry Man and Suicide characters in TNA.

"I was happy to get the opportunity to do something different," he said. "I had a good time doing Curry Man and with Suicide, I wanted to help TNA out."

Daniels has also had very successful runs in Ring of Honor, including one a year and a half ago, after he had been released by TNA.

"It lit a fire under me -- it was a notice to keep working hard," said Daniels. "It was a great series of matches for me: Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Kevin Steen, Claudio Castagnoli, Colt Cabana."

At age 40, Daniels said he's still got plenty left in the tank.

"I haven't put a time limit on it," he said. "But I'm close to being in the best shape of my career. Despite being in it for 18 years, I feel like I'm putting on pretty good matches. I've always said I'll stop when I stop having fun."

His character has jumped back and forth between heel and hero.

"I feel very comfortable when I get to play off a very good hero," he said. "Those are the kind of stories that resonate."

So, once the program with Styles is done, who's next?

"I'm comfortable working with any style," said Daniels. "And if I'm fortunate enough to get into something with a Bobby Roode or a James Storm, or guys like Kurt Angle, that would be great. But whatever TNA puts in front of me, I'm good with it."

Other Bound for Glory matches include: Angle vs. Roode; Hulk Hogan vs. Sting; and Austin Aries vs. Brian Kendrick.

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    Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca, and follow him on Twitter at @timcbaines.