Injuries in AEW said to have created a “domino effect” on the company’s creative plans

Multiple AEW stars have been injured in recent months including Jon Moxley, Adam Cole, Bryan Danielson, and Sammy Guevara. Danielson is expected to be out of action until the end of the year and Guevara still isn’t “medically cleared” from a concussion. Cole needed two surgeries for his broken ankle and his return date is uncertain.

In regards to AEW’s creative plans, Dave Meltzer of noted the following…

“The injury situation has greatly affected the booking as so many plans are made and have to be changed and when they are changed, it’s start from scratch and develop new plans, especially since Danielson, Cole and Jon Moxley were all figured into key things and so much had to be changed which created a domino effect on all the plans.”

It was initially believed that Bryan was going to face Kazuchika Okada at the NJPW WrestleKingdom event in January of 2024. There is now speculation that Claudio Castagnoli will face Okada if Bryan isn’t cleared in time for the match.