AEW confirmed that Bryan Danielson has had surgery to repair a broken orbital bone, an injury sustained during a match against Andrade El Idolo on the 10/21 edition of Collision.
A report from Sports Illustrated indicated that Danielson would need surgery, which was confirmed by Tony Schiavone on a recent AEW Control Center video:
Schiavone stated that Danielson would be out until later in the year, which has brought his participation at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom in January into question.
Addressing the situation earlier in the week on Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer said:
“It may be touch and go if he had surgery for January 4. Hopefully, he can do it. Hopefully, he can finish the next however many months it is. He didn’t put a timeline on exactly when next year he’s going to be done.
In theory, his contract would be over in September. Obviously, Tony could extend it but he’s not going to be a dirty guy in this situation if Bryan wants to be finished.”
Despite suffering the injury on Collision, Danielson was able to compete in a tag team match the following Wednesday on Dynamite, teaming with Claudio Castagnoli to take on Kazuchika Okada and AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy.
Near the end of the match, Danielson was taken out by a combination of an Orange Punch and a Rainmaker, with medical personnel checking on him after the match was over.