Wrestling superstar Bryan Danielson faces an uncertain future in the squared circle following a new injury, jeopardizing his scheduled appearance at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s highly-anticipated Wrestle Kingdom event.
Just weeks after making a triumphant return from a broken arm suffered at Forbidden Door, Danielson is once again sidelined. This time, it’s a fractured orbital bone sustained during a high-stakes tag team match on AEW Dynamite, teaming with Claudio Castagnoli against Orange Cassidy and Kazuchika Okada.
The news broke via Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, where he expressed uncertainty over Danielson's involvement in the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom, slated for January 4th. "It's touch and go," Meltzer said. "If he undergoes surgery, making that January date will be challenging.
But we can hope, given his contract is up next September." On the business end, All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan has the option to extend Danielson’s contract due to missed time from injuries. However, Meltzer doesn't see that happening.
He pointed out, “Tony Khan is unlikely to play hardball in this situation. If Danielson wishes to exit at the end of his contract, Khan will likely respect those wishes."
Final Full-Time Year
Danielson, who has been electrifying audiences with awe-inspiring performances this year, has openly stated that this would be his final full-time year as an active competitor.
Nonetheless, he's expected to remain involved in wrestling in some capacity beyond that. While Danielson's WWE return seems off the table for now, Meltzer was cautious not to rule it out entirely. "You can never say never in the world of professional wrestling.
Even though a WWE comeback seems unlikely at this point, Danielson holds no ill will towards the company," Meltzer added. As the wrestling community waits for more updates on Danielson’s condition, his absence leaves a void not just in AEW, but in the entire wrestling world.
It remains to be seen whether Danielson will recover in time for his much-anticipated rematch against Okada at Wrestle Kingdom, adding another layer of drama to an already riveting storyline. As the clock ticks closer to NJPW’s January event, Bryan Danielson’s wrestling future hangs in the balance, leaving fans and pundits alike in a state of eager yet anxious anticipation.