Bryan Danielson’s recent injury has put his status for Wrestle Kingdom in serious doubt.
A few weeks after returning to the ring following his broken arm at Forbidden Door, Bryan Danielson is on the shelf once again. During the tag team match that pitted Danielson and Claudio Castagnoli against Orange Cassidy and Kazuchika Okada on Dynamite, Danielson suffered a broken orbital bone that will require surgery to fix.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the likelihood of Bryan Danielson being part of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom show where he is expected to face Okada once again:
“It may be touch and go, if he had surgery, for January 4th. Hopefully, he can do it, and hopefully, he can finish the next however many months it is. He didn’t put a time on exactly when it is next year that he’s gonna be done. In theory, his contract would be over in September.”
Tony Khan not expected to add time to Bryan Danielson’s AEW deal
Due to the time missed from the ring because of injury, Tony Khan could look to extend Danielson’s AEW deal but Meltzer believes that the AEW boss won’t do that in this case:
“Obviously, Tony Khan could extend it but he’s not gonna be a dirty guy in the situation if Bryan wants to be finished. If Bryan promised he’s gonna be finished at the end of this contract, that he wants to be finished – the guy can always quit, he just can’t go back to WWE and I don’t think he’s gonna go back to WWE at this point, not that he’s got anything against WWE and never say never, I don’t wanna say he’d never do it.
“I was really hoping he’d be able to get through without too many serious injuries and have a good last year because when he’s been in the ring this year he’s been nothing but great.”
Bryan Danielson has previously stated that he is in his final full-time year as an active in-ring competitor but is still expected to continue wrestling in some capacity after that.
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