DB Interview: How he'd Book himself against Lesnar and more

Discussion in 'General WWE' started by Danielson, Jan 28, 2015.

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  1. Will you alter your in ring style after your injury?

    I will, but not necessarily because of my injury. It’s something where your style has to constantly evolve. I like to look at wrestling as the most artsy of all the martial arts. It’s a very creative process, what we’re doing is artistic creative combat. So as such, it needs to evolve. Being able to sit at home for the last 8 months and watch the product, and I see things where there’s too nice of this, or there’s not enough this, and here’s what I can bring to the table that’s different, and more exciting for the fans. So yes, my style will be changing. Will it be any easier on my neck? I have no idea (laughs). Yeah, my style will be changing, but it’s not necessarily going to be physically easier.

    What was your take on Vince McMahon’s interview a couple of months back on the WWE Network where he encouraged talent to reach for the brass ring?

    (Laughs) You know it’s funny, because one of the things that he had mentioned was, he said something about the Millennials not having any ambition, right. It’s funny, because the WWE does this personality test with some of their more successful superstars, where they rank you on all of these scores, like your desire for power, and your personality, and all that kind of stuff. One of the things they ranked was ambition, and it’s funny, because in this personality assessment, I got the lowest score for ambition that the lady had ever seen. So they do it on a percentile basis, so from 0 to 100, I was in the bottom 1 percentile of ambition.
    (Laughs) It’s funny because the lady was like, ‘How on earth are you so successful given that you seem to have no ambition?’ I said, ‘Well, that’s where there’s a flaw on the test. I have no ambition for what society says is important as far as things like money, and all that kind of stuff.’ What I am ambitious about is I want to be the best wrestler that I can possibly be, and I think there’s some sort of mistake in generations, as far as what he thinks as far as our generation lacking ambition. Our generation just wants different things than what his generation wants, and I think that’s a societal thing as well. There’s an older generation of people who say, ‘No, you guys should want this, you guys should want this, you guys should want this.’ Whereas our generation, a lot of us say, ‘No, we don’t want that, we want something different, and a lot of the things that you guys wanted, are the reason that the world is messed up. We need to change our value system.’ So that’s it, that’s a very different take on what’s going on.

    But people do need to stand up and say, ‘No, this isn’t what I want, I want to do this. This is me, this is how I want to present myself on television. This is how I want to be within WWE, this is how I view professional wrestling, this is what I would like it to be.’ People have to have the courage to come up and say that. But the hard thing is, he was talking about the Attitude Era and how things were different, well things wouldn’t have been that much different if there wasn’t a WCW. Like guys could say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do this. If you want to fire me fine, because I’m going to go to WCW and make just as much money.’ That doesn’t exist right now. It’s people who are okay with like, ‘Hey, my life without WWE, is as good as my life with the WWE.’ They have to be able to say, ‘Okay, if I’m going to say this is what I want to do, or else I’m taking my ball and going home.’ They have to have some sort of plan for when they take their ball and go home, they have something else to do, which is hard, especially when you have a family, and all that kind of stuff. So yeah, I have very interesting thoughts on that whole podcast. It’s a very interesting look into the mind of Vince McMahon, so it was fascinating.

    CM Punk recently mentioned that he thinks you could have a successful MMA career. Is that something you’d ever be interested in trying, and have you done any MMA training?

    Yeah, I’ve actually done a lot of jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. The Yes Lock that I do, it was actually taught to me by Neal Melanson, the head grappling coach at Xtreme Couture. It’s a move I use regularly when I do jiu-jitsu, it’s a [type of] kind of face lock to keep the guy from rolling. So I love doing jiu-jitsu and kickboxing, I will probably never do and MMA fight, and here’s why: I am not competitive. So I love jiu-jitsu, I love going in, I love going on the mat, I love rolling the people, but I love doing it with my friends.

    Its like the way dogs play, dogs play like they’re fighting, but they’re not trying to hurt each other unless they’re actually really fighting. That’s what I’m like with my friends, like, ‘Hey, let’s spar a little bit with kickboxing, but I’m not going to punch you in the face as hard as I can. I’m just going to see if I can touch you, and by me touching you, we both acknowledge that I’ve done something good.’ Or likewise with grappling, when I can turn an armbar, and in no way shape or form am I trying to break your arm, and if you don’t tap out because you don’t think you’re in that much trouble, I’m not going to crank it just to prove to you that I do have this armbar, right (laughs). So I love martial arts, I love that sort of thing, but I’m also not competitive enough to go in and be like, ‘Oh, I’m going to break this guy’s leg.’ That’s just not my personality type.

    Many thought you would face Brock Lesnar last year at Summerslam before your injury, and you recently stated you’d like to face Brock at WrestleMania. Could you envision incorporating any Japanese or strong style elements in a match with him?

    Oh absolutely. I truly believe that if I wrestled Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 31, for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it might be the most physical, realistic, style of pro wrestling match that has ever been seen in the United States. Whether it would be the most physical, realistic pro wrestling match that has ever happened, I don’t know, because there’s been a lot of awesome stuff like that in Japan. But it would just be something very, very different from what people are used to seeing now in WWE, and I think we need something like that, something that feels like a spectacle. I think it would be incredible

    How was it working with Batista during his comeback run last year? Were you both surprised by the crowd reactions going into the WrestleMania match with Randy Orton?

    (Laughs) So I was never supposed to be in that match, and the crowd reactions are what forced me to even be given that opportunity. I was surprised that the crowd was so vocal, because it was clear when Batista came back that he was supposed to be the returning hero. He was going on to main event WrestleMania against Randy Orton, and that was the big plan, but the fans changed that plan. That’s one of the amazing things about WWE that doesn’t happen in any other sport, or any other area of entertainment, is how much power the fans have. The fans literally changed the course of the biggest wrestling event of the year just through their actions, just through making their voices heard.

    I wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near the top of the card. I think I was scheduled to wrestle Sheamus, and probably be 5th or 6th match from the top, and maybe get a 10 minute match if we were lucky, but because of fan support, all of the sudden now I’m doing 2 matches and I’m in the main event of WrestleMania. I kind of had thought that the fans might react the way that they did as far as booing him and cheering for me, but in no way shape or form did I expect it to be as vocal as it was. It turned into a transformative amount of cheering, you don’t get anything like that in any other form of entertainment or sports, so it was pretty incredible.

    Rest of interview: http://www.alternativenation.net/daniel-bryan-interview/
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  2. My take from reading the interview is that he was booked to be in the triple threat the entire time.

    Seems like a good dude. I dig his philosophical viewpoint on life.
  3. I'd be surprised if he ended up being in a triple-threat at this year's Mania, too.
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  4. I just want him to steal the show. Give him 30 mins at mania :emoji_grin:
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  5. I always enjoy reading Dick Butt's take on things. He clearly has a great wrestling mind.
  6. I want Bryan to face the rock, even though it won't happen. lol. But, no matter who he faces... Let him have some time and steal the show.
  7. Everyone says Sheamus lol. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  8. I still can't believe sheamus beat him in 8 seconds. That's prob why they want Sheamus
  9. I'm on the fence about it.

    On one hand, yea, I guess having him get redemption for the Brogue kick match at Mania would be cool.

    on the other hand, it isn't needed at all. Most won't recall the event unless triggered and he has already gotten much greater redemption at Mania than this win would be. "I know I beat HHH and then went on to win the title in the main event last year, but darnit, I'm still mad Sheamus beat me in 2011!" ehhhhhhhhh, not so sure.
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  10. It was actually 18 seconds, but it was a silly decision to make concerning it was a WHC match, regardless.
  11. Yeah, you definitely have a point
  12. Yeah, i couldn't remember the exact length. Just he kissed AJ first and then over.
  13. The Kiss of Death by AJ Lee followed by a Brogue Kick. I'll never forget that shit.

    But yeah, just like D'Z said, this Bryan/Sheamus feud isn't really needed.

    I'm curious to see what they're gonna have in store for Bryan come WM.
  14. it better be big or else we're going to have people booing a lot of the program. I can see fans booing almost everything at that point unless it involves Ziggler, bray, or sting
  15. I had DB roh marks/fans over. Kind of ruined the entire night considering it was the first Mania he was on the show and not pre-mania
  16. I'm still perturbed that we're probably never gonna get to see Bryan vs Lesnar. Last year it was because Bryan got injured before he could drop the title to Brock, and this year it's because WWE didn't learn from it's mistakes from the previous Rumble and proceeded to fuck Bryan again, much to the indignation of the entire crowd all over again. It's even worse this time, since they actually put him in the Rumble match and had him lose. Oh well.
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  17. lol meant to like this
  18. Liked his line on ambition. Really agree with him here. The test lady seems like one of those corporate suits who have pre-made lines on ambition and that sort of crap
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