Bryan Danielson, fondly known as The American Dragon, is a name that resonates with excitement among the fans of pro wrestling.
His every match in 2023 has been an occasion to celebrate, with ardent supporters eagerly awaiting each bout’‹. However, recent reports indicate that Danielson’s physical condition might be a cause for concern.
Bryan Danielson: Limited Ring Appearances Due to Injuries
Throughout this year, Danielson has participated in a total of seven matches, including significant pay-per-view events such as Anarchy in the Arena at Double or Nothing and the Iron Man Match against MJF at Revolution.
He also had a rare television bout against Rush on February 8th 2023, part of his series of matches leading up to MJF’‹.
However, Danielson’s limited in-ring schedule recently is reportedly due to him being “banged up” (via Fightful Select).
It’s mentioned that his compromised health was a key factor in his limited participation in the Anarchy in the Arena match and his absence from wrestling following his 60-minute Iron Man Match for the AEW World Championship’‹.
Avoiding Physical Contact and Expanding Backstage Role
Fans may have noticed that Danielson has largely been avoiding physical contact in recent brawls, whether it was during the battles between his Blackpool Combat Club and The Elite, or his encounter with NJPW star Kazuchika Okada.
Instead of regular participation in the ring, Danielson has frequently worked commentary during BCC’s matches’‹.
In addition to his commentary work, Danielson has been heavily involved in creative decisions during the first several weeks of AEW Collision.
This role, similar to one he undertook during his final year in WWE, implies a significant expansion of his backstage role in AEW. Reports indicate that Danielson already exerts considerable influence over AEW’s booking decisions’‹.
The Impact on Upcoming Matches
Despite the absence of specific details about Danielson’s injuries, questions have arisen about the potential impact on his performance.
An imminent concern is whether these injuries will affect his performance in the main event of the upcoming Forbidden Door pay-per-view against Okada’‹.
The wrestling community awaits further news on Danielson’s condition, hoping that “The American Dragon” will soon be back in the ring, delivering the kind of thrilling performances that have made him a beloved figure in the world of professional wrestling.
Until then, his growing influence behind the scenes continues to shape the landscape of AEW, demonstrating that Danielson’s contribution to the sport extends beyond his in-ring prowess.