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MAJOR NJPW star wants to face Bryan Danielson in Japan

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In an exciting development for wrestling fans, Shingo Takagi, a prominent figure in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, has expressed his desire for a match against Bryan Danielson in Japan.

This revelation comes amidst a growing interest in cross-promotional matches between NJPW and AEW (All Elite Wrestling) stars.

Shingo Takagi’s Challenge to Bryan Danielson

Shingo Takagi, known for his intense in-ring style and charisma, recently hinted at his interest in a match with Kenny Omega.

However, his focus quickly shifted to Bryan Danielson, suggesting a potential “Dragon Showdown” in Japan. In a conversation with Tokyo Sports, Takagi teased the idea, saying, “If you want, why don’t we fight in Japan this year, the year of the dragon?”

Bryan Danielson: NJPW Return

Bryan Danielson, also known as “The American Dragon,” has a storied history with NJPW, having competed there earlier in his career.

His recent match at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 against Kazuchika Okada marked his first appearance in NJPW since 2004.

The match received widespread acclaim, reigniting interest in Danielson’s performances in Japan. Danielson has openly expressed his eagerness to face top NJPW stars, adding weight to Takagi’s challenge.


  • Who is Shingo Takagi?
    • Shingo Takagi is a top star in NJPW and a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.
  • What is Bryan Danielson’s history with NJPW?
    • Danielson previously competed in NJPW and returned for a match at Wrestle Kingdom 18 in 2023, his first NJPW match since 2004.
  • What did Shingo Takagi propose?
    • Takagi suggested a “Dragon Showdown” with Bryan Danielson in Japan.
  • When is Bryan Danielson’s next match in Japan?
    • Danielson is set to face Zack Sabre Jr. at NJPW New Beginning in Osaka.
  • What does this potential match signify for NJPW and AEW?
    • It highlights the growing collaboration between NJPW and AEW, offering fans exciting cross-promotional matches.
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