While nothing official has been announced by either AEW or Daniel Bryan, it looks like one of WWE’s biggest stars of the past 20 years is set to join Tony Khan’s promotion in the near future.
Bodyslam.net reported earlier this week that Bryan has in fact already signed a contract, and the current plan is for him to debut at the September 22, AEW Grand Slam show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
Adding to this, Bodyslam has also discussed when Bryan and AEW starting discussing a potential deal. The report is that while the thought of bringing him in first came up in May, talks to actually sign him only started in the past few weeks.
“[Bodyslam] was told that internally it was first discussed to bring him in occurred back in May following his contract expiring with WWE. However no discussion or negotiations were happening at that time, it was purely conjecture then. Talks and negotiations between the two sides did not actually begin until sometime over the last couple of weeks.”
Discussing Bryan’s potential signing earlier this week, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Bryan’s decision came down to which company would let him wrestle in NJPW as well as in the US.
We will continue to bring you further updates regarding Bryan’s AEW future when they become available.