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Amid rumors that Daniel Bryan is dwelling to affix All Elite Wrestling, one factor that reportedly performed into his option changed into the chance to work with Contemporary Japan Pro Wrestling.
Per Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Jason Ounpraseuth of Wrestling Inc.), AEW “has a relationship” with NJPW in response to Lance Archer winning the IWGP title from Jon Moxley on Wednesday night’s episode of Dynamite.
Meltzer added that “the corporate with the reference to Contemporary Japan changed into going to be the favourite” to avoid losing Bryan.
Meltzer said he did no longer know if Bryan has formally signed with AEW, but all indications stunning now are that a deal has been finalized.
Early in his wrestling profession, Bryan worked for NJPW from 2001-04 when he adopted the American Dragon gimmick. He won the IWGP junior heavyweight save crew championship one time with Curry Man.
The worn WWE world heavyweight champion has spoken openly about his wish to work with wrestlers in utterly different companies, including AEW and Contemporary Japan.
In a March interview with B/R’s Graham GSM Matthews, Bryan singled out Kazuchika Okada, Jungle Boy, MJF and Darby Allin as seemingly dream opponents he’d make a selection to wrestle.
Bryan’s finest match in WWE came on the April 30 episode of Friday Night SmackDown when he lost a universal title match to Roman Reigns with the stipulation he will seemingly be banished from the blue model.
Per Fightful Make a choice out (h/t WrestlingInc.com’s Marc Middleton), Bryan’s contract with WWE expired across the time of his match with Reigns.
Bryan has spent most of the old 12 years in WWE. He debuted on the principle-ever episode of NXT in 2009 when he lost a singles match to Chris Jericho.
Moxley defended the IWGP United States title on every nights of Fyter Fest. He successfully retained the crown on Night 1 towards Karl Anderson earlier than dropping the strap to Archer.
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