Some details have emerged regarding the offer WWE made to Bryan Danielson before he signed with AEW and debuted at All Out.
Danielson’s WWE contract expired on April 30, the same night he lost a Universal Championship match to Roman Reigns on SmackDown.
As per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE had made Danielson a “major offer” and “pushed hard” to get him to sign a new long-term deal over the last few months.
As part of that deal WWE had promised him he’d be able to work with NJPW, and Vince McMahon even gave him permission to be in the G1 Climax tournament.
Nick Khan was also in talks with NJPW during this time, trying to make a deal where there would be an exclusive relationship between the companies and WWE could send talent there.
However, WWE didn’t want to do that if there was AEW talent on the shows, and NJPW evidently chose to continue working with AEW and other promotions instead of agreeing an exclusive deal with WWE.
WWE offered him limited dates, a major guaranteed salary “among the largest in the company”, and the ability to do stuff outside of WWE. It was noted that AEW offered “similar” in terms of both money and the other perks.
AEW is already building towards a dream match between Bryan Danielson and the promotion’s World Champion Kenny Omega.