A new report detailed what AEW had in store for Bryan Danielson prior to him suffering an injury at Forbidden Door.
Forbidden Door saw Bryan Danielson go to war with Kazuchika Okada in a main event dream match. Midway through the bout, Danielson suffered a broken forearm when Okada hit an elbow drop. Despite the injury, Danielson finished the match, forcing Okada to tap out to an improvised submission when he couldn’t lock in the Labell Lock.
After the bout, Danielson spoke at a media scrum and confirmed that he’d broken his right forearm and expected to be out for 6-8 weeks as a result. Danielson’s wife Brie Garcia took to social media days later and shared a photo of his x-ray, saying the break was “worse than we thought.”
According to a new report from Fightful Select, Danielson’s injury forced several creative changes within AEW. The report notes that prior to his injury, there were plans in place for the star to wrestle more frequently on television, and he was set to be part of the next edition of Blood & Guts, tentatively scheduled for July in Boston.
The report also detailed his role as part of the creative team behind the scenes of Collision, confirming a recent report of backstage praise for his contributions. Fightful clarifies that while the Championship Friday edition of Rampage was Tony Khan’s idea rather than Danielson’s, the American Dragon has been working on the first few weeks of Collision creative. He was said to be “very valuable” when it comes to speaking to talent about creative ideas and helping foster conversations between creative and talent.