WWE and NJPW are talking about working out a working agreement. The latest development about this proposed exclusive deal would see NXT take centerstage in those talks. Daniel Bryan was a part of those negotiations early on, but that is not the case anymore.
Daniel Bryan’s WWE contract expired. He is 100% a free agent right now with the ability to show up wherever he likes. The idea of Bryan Danielson being a part of the early NJPW and WWE talks would have seen him wrestle in Japan.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Danielson is no longer a part of those talks at all. A deal between WWE and NJPW has been attempted in the past, but Nick Khan could be an X-Factor in this situation.
Bryan Danielson was absolutely part of the early talks, that hasn’t been the case of late as far as the major aspect, and one source said he hasn’t been a part of any recent talks. New Japan also would not agree to any deal unless they felt it was extremely beneficial to them, and keep in mind that WWE has regularly tried to talk with them in the past and it’s gotten nowhere and the real difference here is Nick Khan has never been involved in these talks in the past
Tony Khan seemed very confident in the fact that WWE is not securing an exclusive deal with NJPW. He even said that there is only room for one Khan in pro wrestling, and it is him. This was a message that he sent straight to WWE President Nick Khan.
AEW is apparently not worried about NJPW and WWE striking a deal that would cut All Elite Wrestling out of the picture. Lio Rush was just featured at Double or Nothing as a contracted NJPW wrestler. In the meantime, Daniel Bryan’s status remains a mystery.
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