Tony Khan Provides Update On Bryan Danielson Following Forbidden Door Injury

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Tony Khan updated fans on Bryan Danielson’s status after he suffered an injury at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.

The main event of Forbidden Door saw Bryan Danielson go head to head with Kazuchika Okada in a highly-anticipated dream match.

While Danielson was eventually able to make Okada tap out for the first time in years, he didn’t escape the match unscathed. With about ten minutes to go in the bout, Danielson suffered a fractured forearm when his arm was out of position during an elbow drop from Okada. His wife Brie Garcia later shared a photo of his X-ray on social media, saying the break was worse than they’d anticipated.

Speaking in a media call ahead of AEW Blood & Guts and ROH Death Before Dishonor, AEW President Tony Khan updated fans on Danielson’s status, saying that he keeps in contact with the star regularly.

“It’s been a little bit worse than I think anybody anticipated. I don’t wanna put an exact timeline on it, but Bryan is in the process of recovering and we can get into more details on it at a later date, but he’s still engaged with me and I talked to Bryan on a very regular basis. He hasn’t been traveling to the shows and coming to the meetings in person, but I still touch base with Bryan all the time.

“And, he’s one of the people I’m closest to, I think for many reasons and he’s one of the most intelligent people I know so I always like talking to him about ideas and thoughts and we really miss him.”

Continuing, Tony Khan praised the talent that will be involved in Blood & Guts and expressed excitement for the match despite Danielson’s absence.

“I think, it’ll be great when he comes back. Certainly, he would have been a tremendous participant in this Blood & Guts, but I do think there’s so many exciting things happening right now and it would be amazing if Bryan was in the match, but I do think there’s been this incredible silver-lining and it came in the form of ‘The Hammer’ PAC and he is back and it’s great to have him back and I think this was a great opportunity to bring PAC back not long after he has recovered from his injuries.”

While Khan didn’t provide an exact timeframe for Bryan Danielson’s return to in-ring action, he made it clear that the star is working hard to get back in the ring as soon as possible.

“And as soon as we possibly can, we’ll get Bryan back in and even if it is a little bit longer than six to eight weeks, he’s rushing to get back as soon as he possibly can and pushing and nobody works harder on their body and himself than Bryan does so I have full confidence that Bryan will bounce back from this as soon as he possibly can.”

h/t Inside the Ropes