The pair wrestled on Danielson’s AEW debut in 2021, in the opening match of the first Grand Slam event.
Despite Omega holding the AEW Championship, the match was a non-title bout, giving fans hope that The American Dragon could pick up the victory.
The matches lasted the full 30-minute time-limit, with some of the best action AEW has ever seen. This included an incredible running V-Trigger that had fans worried about Bryan Danielson’s health.
The match ended in a time-limit draw, setting itself up for a rematch someplace down the line.
This rematch was meant to take place at AEW All In, at the biggest show in pro-wrestling history.
Bryan Danielson vs Kenny Omega (All In)
As revealed in the Wrestling Observer, Kenny Omega vs Bryan Danielson II was originally planned to take place at AEW All In 2023.
The show is the biggest show in AEW’s history, and look set to take the record for the biggest crowd in pro-wrestling history (unless you count the quite dishonest figure from North Korea’s Collision in Korea).
Rumours of Bryan Danielson facing off with Nigel McGuinness – coming out of retirement for the first time in 12 years – were rife, although it appears a bout with The Cleaner was always on the cards for The American Dragon.
According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the original plan for All In would see Bryan Danielson vs Kenny Omega, in a huge match.
However, the match was never a sure thing, but it was the working idea before Danielson was struck down with injury.
Bryan Danielson broke his arm at Forbidden Door 2023, during his match against Kazuchika Okada. This has ruled him out of the historic Wembley Stadium show, and cost fans the chance to see Kenny Omega vs Bryan Danielson for the first time in the UK.
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