Bryan Danielson looks at his recent injury with a glass-half-full approach.
The American Dragon has been out of action since Forbidden Door after suffering a broken arm in the main event match with Kazuchika Okada. Due to the severity of the injury, Bryan Danielson will definitely be out of action for the All In and All Out shows, with Grand Slam also looking doubtful.
Speaking on The Nikki & Brie Show, Danielson revealed that continuing the match only made the injury worse but enjoyed the challenge of wrestling one of the greatest wrestlers of all time with one functioning arm:
“He did an elbow drop to me off the top rope. It ended up breaking my arm. I wrestled another ten minutes with a broken arm, which the doctor said made it worse. That said, I find a certain joy in doing things that are hard. Even though it probably caused me a little bit more damage, I got more value out of it that it happened versus if it had not happened.
Even though, if I could take it back, I would wish my arm never got broken and that I’d be able to wrestle at All In in Wembley, it’s going to be one of the biggest wrestling crowds in history, and I don’t get to take part in it because my arm is still healing.
The absence of Danielson from All In is heartbreaking for the wrestler and the fans, especially as a rumoured match for the show could have been the match of the year.
Danielson continued, stating that he had no regrets about the match and looks back on it very fondly:
Despite that, and I wouldn’t ask for my arm to be broken if I could do it over again, but because it did happen and I couldn’t control it, it almost gave more meaning to how I felt about the match itself. Also, I did a press conference with my broken arm. We didn’t know how bad it was at the time. I do this a lot with fasting, and there are a lot of health benefits to fasting, when you put yourself in an uncomfortable position or you do something and it’s uncomfortable and you keep doing it, it’s not like, ‘yay, I did it.’ It’s ‘can I do this?’
For example, while fasting or wrestling with a broken arm, can I do this and keep a good attitude while being in pain, while being starving? Those are things I think to myself when things are happening. That’s one of the matches I really like if I’m looking back on something versus experiencing something in the moment. I enjoyed that match with Okada,” he said.
When Will Bryan Danielson Return To AEW?
With the nature of the injury to Bryan Danielson, a rough return date to in-ring competition is around October time, just after the AEW Grand Slam shows at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Following the loss at the crossover show, Okada has expressed that he wants to have a rematch at some point in the future.
H/t to Fightful.