Bryan Danielson submitted Kazuchika Okada at Forbidden Door but winning the battle may have cost the AEW star the war.
At Forbidden Door, Okada broke The American Dragon’s arm during their bout with Bryan Danielson wrestling for another ten minutes following the injury. Despite the obvious impediment, Danielson was able to pull out the win and The Rainmaker has not forgotten.
Now Danielson and Okada will do battle once again at Wrestle Kingdom 18 and it seems that the NJPW star will have the obvious physical advantage.
Bryan Danielson Not At Full Strength
Speaking in an interview that aired on NJPW’s YouTube channel, Bryan Danielson reflected on his Forbidden Door broken arm and admits he’s still not at full strength as he returned sooner than he should have:
I’m in the twilight of my wrestling career, and Okada on his own, has taken way over three months now. In the last year of my full-time pro wrestling career, he’s taken away for three months. And when you want to talk about fighting spirit, and you want to talk about strong style, I don’t know if there’s a better example than breaking your arm and tapping out Okada on the same night when nobody’s tapped out Okada since 2015.
After doing that, and because I wrestled for another ten minutes with a broken arm and because I fought through, I couldn’t hold my son for two months. I still don’t have full strength in my right arm, because I did come back a little bit early.
NJPW revealed the full card for Wrestle Kingdom 18 which will be headlined by Tetsuya Naito challenging SANADA for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.