Vince McMahon Reportedly Permitted Bryan Danielson To Work NJPW's G1 Climax If He Stayed With WWE
Danielson departed WWE in April
Vince McMahon was reportedly willing to allow Bryan Danielson to compete in New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual G1 Climax tournament if he signed a contract to stay with WWE.
Danielson departed WWE at the end of his deal in April, and has since joined All Elite Wrestling, making his debut for the promotion at All Out last weekend.
The former WWE Champion and WrestleMania main-eventer had made clear his desire to wrestle in different promotions around the world, and work less dates, something AEW is able to offer him as part of the reported three-year deal he has signed with Tony Khan's promotion.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, however, WWE Chairman McMahon was happy to sign off on Danielson working with NJPW if he stayed with WWE.
WWE President Nick Khan was tasked with negotiating a deal with New Japan for an exclusivity arrangement between the two promotions, but was unable to do so. Had an agreement been reached and Danielson still opted to join AEW, he would have been unable to work in NJPW at the same time.
It is noted that both WWE and AEW made similar offers to Danielson, with WWE prepared to give the 40-year-old one of the biggest downside guarantees in the company as well as limited working dates.