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Bryan Danielson’s AEW Storyline Set for ‘Major Turnaround’ as Retirement Looms

One big thing: Bryan Danielson’s AEW storyline is expected to shift dramatically as he approaches retirement

• Dave Meltzer reports in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Danielson’s storyline is “expected to have a major turnaround as he closes in on retirement.”
• This shift comes after a series of high-profile losses for Danielson in AEW.
• Danielson has stated that 2024 will be his final year as a full-time wrestler.

Why it matters

Danielson’s storyline pivot could significantly impact AEW’s narrative direction and fan engagement. As one of the company’s top stars, his journey towards retirement will likely be a central focus in the coming months.

By the numbers

• Danielson joined AEW in 2021.
• He’s set to compete in the 2024 Men’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament.
• The tournament finale will take place at AEW All In at Wembley Stadium in London.

The big picture

Danielson’s current storyline focuses on his frustration with losing marquee matches. He recently expressed being “tired of losing” and “tired of disappointing” fans, family, and himself.

What’s next

• Danielson faces Shingo Takagi in the first round of the Owen Hart Cup Tournament at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.
• The winner will face PAC in the semi-finals at AEW Dynamite Beach Break on July 3.
• Zack Sabre Jr., who lost to Danielson in October 2023, claims they have “unfinished business.”

The bottom line

As Danielson approaches retirement, AEW seems poised to give him a strong sendoff. This “major turnaround” could involve significant wins, title opportunities, or emotional storylines that celebrate his career.

How do you think AEW should handle Bryan Danielson’s final year as a full-time wrestler? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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