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Bryan Danielson Set to Face NJPW Star Shingo Takagi at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door

One big thing: Bryan Danielson and Shingo Takagi to renew rivalry after 13 years

AEW’s Bryan Danielson will face NJPW’s Shingo Takagi at the upcoming AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door event on June 30 in Long Island, New York.

• The match is part of the first round of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament.
• This will be their second encounter, with their first match taking place in 2010 in Dragon Gate USA.
• Danielson won their previous 30-minute bout.

Why it matters

This match represents a significant moment in cross-promotional wrestling, bringing together two highly respected performers from major promotions.

Danielson’s perspective

“What really excites me about this is how much we’ve both developed as wrestlers since then 2010,” Danielson told Sports Illustrated.

• He emphasized the importance of their 2010 match, which occurred during his brief WWE hiatus.
• Danielson expressed admiration for Takagi’s career progression since their last encounter.

Takagi’s accomplishments since 2010

• Left Dragon Gate for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)
• Won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
• Transitioned to heavyweight division
• Captured the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship

The bigger picture

This match exemplifies AEW’s commitment to providing fresh, high-quality matchups by collaborating with other promotions like NJPW.

• It offers fans a chance to see dream matches that were previously unlikely.
• The bout showcases the evolution of both wrestlers over the past decade.

What’s next?

The winner of this match will advance in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, potentially setting up more intriguing cross-promotional encounters.

Are you excited to see Bryan Danielson and Shingo Takagi face off after 13 years? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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