Top AEW Star Hasn’t Been Backstage Since Forbidden Door

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Despite being involved in creative, one AEW star hasn’t been backstage at TV since the events of Forbidden Door.

The main event of Forbidden Door saw Bryan Danielson take on Kazuchika Okada in a highly-anticipated dream match. Midway through the bout, Danielson suffered a broken forearm when his arm was out of position as Okada hit an elbow drop. Despite the injury, Danielson finished the match, forcing Okada to tap out to an improvised submission when he couldn’t lock in the Labell Lock.

After the bout, Danielson spoke at a media scrum and confirmed that he’d broken his right forearm and expected to be out for 6-8 weeks as a result. Danielson’s wife Brie Garcia took to social media days later and shared a photo of his x-ray, saying the break was “worse than we thought.”

Ahead of Forbidden Door, it was reported that Danielson had been gaining influence backstage and was becoming more heavily involved in the company’s creative plans as a trusted confidant of Tony Khan. However, according to a new report from Fightful Select, Danielson has not been backstage at Dynamite or Collision since suffering his injury on June 25th.

The cross-promotional pay-per-view also featured a highly-praised match between Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega that saw Omega dropped on his head during a scary Tiger Driver ’91 spot. After that bout, Danielson explained why risky moves like that do scare him despite his own years of taking risks in the ring.