Why Daniel Bryan Chose To Sign With AEW – On the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that the biggest factor in Daniel Bryan likely signing with AEW is the company’s relationship with NJPW. Meltzer noted that he doesn’t know if Bryan is officially signed, but everything so far indicates that the deal is done.
Bryan has been open to wrestling for other companies for quite some time. When he was with WWE, Bryan was vocal about wanting to wrestle people outside of the company like ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham and AEW star Jungle Boy.
WWE were in talks with NJPW earlier this spring with WWE President Nick Khan looking to create a working relationship between the two companies. Bryan was a topic of conversation in the talks, which would have allowed Bryan to wrestle for NJPW while under WWE contract. However, there does not appear to be any updates to those discussions as AEW has been continuing to work with NJPW.
Bryan was last seen on WWE Smackdown in April, losing a match to WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. He was banned from SmackDown due to the stipulation of the match, and his WWE contract expired days later.
Stay tuned for updates.
Why Daniel Bryan Chose To Sign With AEW