As one of the most influential figures within AEW, Bryan Danielson is not just a wrestling superstar, but he also plays a pivotal role in the creative direction of the company. Beyond the ring, his camaraderie with AEW’s CEO & General Manager, Tony Khan, has been well-documented.
Their bond is so strong that Khan has been quoted saying that if ever circumstances prevented him from leading AEW, he would entrust Danielson to take the helm. In a recent turn of events, Mustafa Ali, a talent who has spent nearly seven years with WWE, found himself released from the company.
Danielson's tenure in WWE coincided with Ali’s, during which Danielson wrestled under the moniker 'Daniel Bryan' The year 2019 marked a pivotal moment for Ali, as he was set for a considerable push against the then heel WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson.
Fate, however, had other plans. An unfortunate injury sidelined Ali, allowing Kofi Kingston to step into the spotlight, ultimately resulting in the historic KofiMania moment at WrestleMania 35, where Kingston clinched the WWE Championship from Daniel Bryan.
Danielson Backs Ali's AEW Move
The buzz around the wrestling community, as stated by reputable journalist Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, is that Ali might find a potential new home in AEW, given his past rapport with Danielson.
Meltzer observed, "Danielson has always spoken highly of Ali. Their planned WWE title match in early 2019, which Ali missed due to an injury inflicted by Randy Orton, is a testament to their chemistry." Ali's recent stint in NXT portrayed him as a formidable heel, but his abrupt release raised eyebrows, especially since he had made his desire to exit clear in January 2022.
As we await the end of Ali’s 90-day non-compete clause, which wraps up on December 20th, fans are eager to see where he'll land next. Meanwhile, the AEW landscape is heating up. Danielson's rivalry with Ricky Starks, which witnessed a gripping Strap Match at AEW All Out, is far from over.
Wrestling enthusiasts should mark their calendars for the upcoming AEW Collision this Saturday. Set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Danielson and Starks are slated to face off in a thrilling Texas Death Match, expected to be as exhilarating as their previous encounters.