Bryan Danielson still doesn’t have full strength in his right arm following Forbidden Door injury

In a video published to NJPW’s YouTube channel, AEW’s Bryan Danielson commented on his upcoming match against Kazuchika Okada at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 on January 4th 2024…

“I’m really excited [about the Wrestle Kingdom match]. So New Japan, when I started wrestling, that’s where I always wanted to be. Like when I envisioned myself as a professional wrestler, I didn’t envision myself being a big star in the United States…..The idea of being able to go wrestle in Japan with the best wrestlers in the world in a wrestling style that I like most, was really appealing to me.”

Bryan brought up his broken arm from their previous match at the Forbidden Door PPV

“I’m in the twilight of my wrestling career, and Okada on his own, has taken way over three months now. In the last year of my full-time pro wrestling career, he’s taken away for three months. And when you want to talk about fighting spirit, and you want to talk about strong style, I don’t know if there’s a better example than breaking your arm and tapping out Okada on the same night when nobody’s tapped out Okada since 2015. After doing that, and because I wrestled for another ten minutes with a broken arm and because I fought through, I couldn’t hold my son for two months. I still don’t have full strength in my right arm, because I did come back a little bit early.” (quotes courtesy of