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Bryan Danielson Wants To Face Okada At Forbidden Door, But He’s Open To Whatever Tony Khan/NJPW Plans

Bryan Danielson has some potential matches in mind for AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Forbidden Door event.

In an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Bryan Danielson spoke about his choice of opponents for the Forbidden Door event in Chicago. Danielson says he’d love to wrestle Kazuchika Okada, but the Rainmaker is just one of several names he has in mind.


“I would love to wrestle Okada. But in the back of my mind, I’m thinking about Zack Sabre Jr. and wrestling him to see who is the best technical wrestler in the world. We have two very different styles of technical wrestling. We wrestled in 2008, and he was just a kid, but I was super impressed with him then. He’s grown into this amazing wrestler, and I don’t ever recall seeing anyone wrestle with his technique.

“There are a ton of guys I’d like to wrestle. You mentioned Okada, and that’s a match I really want. I want [Tomohiro] Ishii. Tanahashi and I wrestled in 2004, but we are totally different people now than we were then. That would be a lot of fun. Shingo and I wrestled in 2010. That would also be a lot of fun. I was hoping to get a match against Kenta in WWE, but it just never happened, and I would love to wrestle him. I’d also love to wrestle [Katsuyori] Shibata. I’m open to whoever Tony [Khan] and New Japan want me to go up against.

Danielson also spoke about how the Forbidden Door was not likely in WWE, noting that it’s not something he would completely rule out, but he’s happy it is happening in WWE.

“I wouldn’t say that it would never happen in WWE because I’d never want to limit them, and people can change their minds, but I’m very happy it’s happening now in AEW. It’s really exciting for the fans, too, and we saw that with how quickly it sold out.”