Bryan Danielson needed to beat RUSH to secure his Iron Man World title match against the worst person in the world, Maxwell Jacob Friedman.
Already banged up from having defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido, Brian Cage & Timothy Thatcher in this gauntlet, Danielson had to bust down the door to get out of his dressing room after El Toro Blanco’s associates nailed the door shut. MJF was in the arena rooting for Bryan to be disqualified for not answering the bell, but alibi aside, we know who gave the order.
.@The_MJF will do anything he can to prevent @bryandanielson from winning tonight!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 9, 2023
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The American Dragon busted down the door to get to the ring, but it wasn’t long before he was covered in his own blood after taking a drop kick from the former ROH World champion. RUSH loved it, channeling one of Danielson’s Blackpool Combat Club teammates...
That's one Mal Perro#AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/Eq4acc4qDW— AEW on TV (@AEWonTV) February 9, 2023
The brutality continued...
.@rushtoroblanco with a Straightjacket Piledriver! #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/OFuBCpcGWk— (@WrestlingCovers) February 9, 2023
... but of course Bryan wasn’t done. It took two Busaiku knees to put RUSH down, but the second one did the trick. All that did was enrage Friedman. After all his schemes to prevent having to defend his title in a 60 minute match on Mar. 5 failed, he charged the ring to attack the wounded Dragon — and took out everyone who tried to stop him.
"You're not making it to March 5th!"#AEW World Champ @The_MJF is doing everything to make sure that @bryandanielson is in no state to fight at #AEWRevolution!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 9, 2023
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Between attacking a referee after his match and what he did to security here, Friedman might be suspended until Revolution. By the time we get there, Danielson should be healed up.
Theirs is the only match booked for Mar. 5 in San Francisco.
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