To say that Tony Khan is excited to see Bryan Danielson wrestle Zack Sabre Jr. would be an understatement.
After years of teasing and speculating, the two technical grappling masters will finally face off at AEW WrestleDream this upcoming Sunday.
Many fans have already commented on various sites online about how they’re excited to see this long-awaited match, and one person with a similar train of thought is Tony Khan, who expressed his enthusiasm for this match in a discussion with WrestlingInc.
“I’m very excited for the match … There was tons of anticipation — there was a worldwide buzz around last year’s Forbidden Door
They have not wrestled in over a decade, and it’s amazing how far both of them have come … they’ve accomplished a lot, but also physically, they’ve built their bodies up. These are different wrestlers than they were when they wrestled 15 years ago
They both possess mastery of grappling,” Khan said. “They both have … probably, the most complete skill set of any technical wrestler … and that’s why when fans vote for the best technical wrestler, it’s always going to be Bryan Danielson or Zack Sabre Jr. for the last 15 years I’d say. It’s a dream come true to have that match on pay-per-view.”
Tony Khan praises both Bryan Danielson and Zack Sabre Jr ahead of their big singles match
Danielson and ZSJ have wrestled each other twice before. Their first match took place on a freelance wrestling show in Coventry, UK in March 2008, in which Bryan beat ZSJ two falls to one. That match can be found here.
Their second match took place a year later for German promotion wXw in Oberhausen and saw ZSJ beat Bryan in the opening match in just over thirteen minutes.
ZSJ, who won the Wrestling Observer’s Best Technical Wrestling award (which was renamed the Bryan Danielson Award while Bryan was temporarily retired) seven times between 2014 and 2020, vowed to end Bryan’s career when they cross paths.