As previously noted, there is a report that Daniel Bryan has already signed a contract with AEW.
Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com commented on the report…
“As far as Bryan Danielson goes, I’m pretty sure that whatever decision — I mean there are a lot of factors that are going into whatever decision he would make — it was New Japan, AEW, and WWE. He didn’t consider anybody else. He has loyalty to WWE and Vince McMahon, and he has a lot of friends in WWE. In the end, the company who had the relationship with New Japan would be the favorite to get him.” (quote courtesy of RingsideNews.com)
Cassidy Haynes of Bodyslam.net, who broke the story about Bryan signing AEW, noted that the company is looking to him have debut on the September 22nd 2021 edition of Dynamite at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. Haynes wrote the following…
“The plan was to hold off debuting Danielson until after all of their plans for All Out were wrapped up, and to bring him in after the PPV. However, with the news of CM Punk’s potential AEW debut may have caused plans to change.”
Regarding the Daniel Bryan rumor since I’ve got a TON of questions on it: I don’t have many direct AEW contacts, however, I did ask my WWE contacts when’s the last time Bryan’s name has been brought up within creative or even talked about? “Months” was the answer. So that’s that.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) July 22, 2021