After his main event dream match against Kazuchika Okada at the AEW and NJPW crossover pay-per-view (PPV), Forbidden Door, Danielson believes he fractured his arm at the end of the match. He is believed to be out of action for 6-8 weeks. Danielson was asked by reporters after show regarding the injury and the scarcity of his matches since the AEW PPV, Revolution, back in March. Since March, he has only wrestled once.
“I was planning on wrestling on Wednesday this week,” said Danielson. “I don’t think that’s gonna happen because in this match specifically, we think I fractured my right forearm, with about ten minutes left to go. So yeah. But talking to our doctors, and I love the AEW medical staff and trainers, they think it’s gonna be six to eight weeks for this specific injury.” Furthermore, Danielson mentioned that following his match back in March, he suffered a torn labrum and a compressed vertebrae.
Danielson realized that he had fractured his arm towards the end of the match, but did not regret continuing. “Sometimes when you do things that are really hard, you feel more accomplished doing them,” he said. “For example, I pretty much knew I had fractured my forearm, and you can stop, or you can go. Some of my favorite moments in my career are times when I’ve chosen to go, and tonight, I chose to go, and I don’t regret it at all.”
Bryan Danielson is considered by many to be one of the greatest wrestlers of this generation, with incredible in-ring abilities and an impressive resume decorated with championships across various wrestling promotions throughout the 2000s. HIs success would not be possible without having an immense dedication to the sport and he demonstrated that once again at Forbidden Door. Watching Danielson push through the pain, you could see the determination in his eyes, a testament to his undying commitment to wrestling.
Reporters asked if he knew the point in the match in which the injury occurred. Danielson described to reporters that his elbow was in an unsafe position as his opponent Okada went for an elbow drop. It was purely a freak accident with no wrestlers at fault.
What’s Next for Bryan Danielson?
Danielson’s injury does raise some important questions for the remainder of the summer for All Elite Wrestling. He is a major part of the ongoing storyline between the Blackpool Combat Club and The Elite and fans have speculated the rivalry to conclude at AEW television special, Blood and Guts. AEW is aiming to host the event on the July 19th episode of Dynamite at the TD Bank Garden in Boston. However, it remains to be seen if Danielson will be fully healed by then and if he isn’t, a significant replacement would need to be made for him.
The most anticipated upcoming AEW event is "All In". This will be AEW’s debut in the United Kingdom and will take place on August 27th, 2023 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. As per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 66,500 tickets have already been sold. Wrestling fans have their fingers crossed that Danielson will be back by then. While no matches have been announced for the show, there are numerous dream matches for Danielson to have, in addition to a potential rematch with Okada. The timetable for recovery is not set in stone, but fans and reporters alike are holding out hope that the “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson will return healthier than ever.
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