Bryan Danielson Health Update Ahead Of AEW WrestleDream

At AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door II, fans were treated to a dream match between “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson and “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. Unfortunately, Danielson broke his arm mid-way through the bout following an elbow drop gone wrong. Undaunted, Danielson continued on with the match for several more minutes and eventually won. Following his victory, he calmly spoke with the press in a post-show media scrum. A few weeks later, his wife, Brie Garcia, shared an x-ray of her husband’s arm, showing a worse-than-expected break.

Somewhat miraculously, Danielson returned to AEW action at All Out earlier this month, delivering a classic Strap Match against Ricky Starks, which he won. Danielson confirmed in the post-show media scrum that there were a lot of “smoke and mirrors” in the match due to his yet-to-be-fully-healed broken arm, which they worked around. In the weeks since, he has stayed active and was in the AEW: Collision main event this past Saturday, battling Starks in a Texas Death Match, which he won. He is scheduled to face NJPW World Television Champion Zack Sabre Jr. this weekend at AEW: WrestleDream.

In an interview with the New York Post, Danielson confirmed that he is “fully cleared” ahead of his match against Sabre Jr. this Sunday night.

“Our doctors would still not like me to do certain things,” he explained. “But from like two weeks ago when I had the tag match, the strength in my hand is coming back way faster than they thought it would, the mobility and all that stuff. I still have to be cautious, probably for the next year or so. They put a steel rod in my arm. One of the things they said is that it actually makes it more likely to break not where it broke before but where the end of the rod is. It’s like a fulcrum for the bone to bend against.”

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