Over the summer it was reported WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan had been in talks with NJPW officials about WWE possibly becoming the official American partner for them.
The talks started in late March or early April. At one point, part of discussion was about Bryan Danielson possibly working some NJPW dates while being under contract with WWE. Around this time, his contract was coming up and the company was trying to convince him to re-sign with them.
Danielson ended up leaving WWE and later joined AEW, which does have a working relationship with NJPW.
Danielson told the ‘In The Kliq’ show that the reports about the two sides talking were true, but he doesn’t know how it would’ve worked out if a deal actually was made.
“Well so I don’t know how far along the talks went but, and I don’t know even if I was the start of them for sure but one of the things when I was talking to them when they were — when WWE was trying to re-sign me was I said I wanna be able to go work in Japan and so they were trying to come up with an agreement to where I would be able to go and do that and that sort of thing and so yeah, that was definitely something that was talked about. I don’t know where it went or anything like that. All I know is that now it seems like AEW has a really great relationship with New Japan. So I feel like it couldn’t have gone that well [Bryan laughed].”
Danielson got the chance to wrestle Minoru Suzuki on the AEW Rampage: The Buy-In pre-show this past Friday night.
H/T to Post Wrestling for the transcription