Bryan Danielson's Growing Impact in AEW

Behind the scenes, Danielson's influence in AEW deepens.

by Atia Mukhtar
Bryan Danielson's Growing Impact in AEW
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Bryan Danielson, the renowned "American Dragon," made a triumphant return at AEW All Out this past Sunday after recovering from a broken arm. In a gripping strap match against Ricky Starks, he emerged victorious, underscoring his resilience and prowess in the ring.

This appearance marked his first since the unfortunate incident at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door. However, there's more to Danielson's journey during his recovery. While fans have been eagerly awaiting his return to the limelight, behind the scenes, Danielson has been shouldering increased backstage responsibilities.

Sources from PWInsider indicate that his influence is on an upward trajectory as he now serves as a bridge between the company's performers.

Danielson's Dual Roles Clarified

In a post-match media interaction, the former world champion was inundated with questions, ranging from his recent injury to the nature of his role in AEW.

When quizzed about any aspirations to immerse deeper into AEW's creative dimensions, much like Tony Khan, the company's co-owner and head of creative, Danielson's response depicted a man at a crossroads. While wrestling is evidently a passion, he highlighted the paramount importance of his family.

Intriguingly, Khan, in the days preceding AEW All In, shared a revelation. He had advised his father that, in any unforeseen eventuality, Bryan Danielson should be the go-to individual for steering AEW. From producing modern masterpieces against stalwarts like Kenny Omega, "Hangman" Adam Page, Jon Moxley, and the recent adversary Ricky Starks, Danielson's journey in AEW has been nothing short of exhilarating.

Coupled with a rich history in independent wrestling circuits and a golden phase with WWE, Danielson's two-decade-long legacy is awe-inspiring. Yet, as his roles evolve and the years advance, the wrestling fraternity ponders a pressing question: How much more of in-ring Bryan Danielson will we witness before he gracefully bows out?

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