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    WWE NXT Daniel Bryan Interview

    It's kayfabed, but I love how much reality is in this and how much of his past is mentioned, although without naming any non-WWE names. His match with Morishima where he detached his retina but continued, is loosely mentioned.

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    For over ten years, Daniel Bryan has traveled the world as one of the most renowned athletes on the independent wrestling circuit, utilizing his unique combination of submission maneuvers and Japanese-style striking to win acclaim on multiple continents.

    Now, Bryan has joined the cast of WWE NXT as the most experienced of any of the NXT Rookies, and is an internet favorite in the competition. But nothing is ever easy, as the competitor found out on the debut episode of WWE NXT, clashing with his WWE Pro, The Miz, and putting his body on the line in a match against World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho.

    WWE.comís Aubrey Sitterson caught up with Bryan to discuss his mentor, his fellow NXT Rookies, and the differences between competing in the independents and squaring off against the best WWE has to offer.

    SITTERSON: First off, after having watched you on the independent circuit for years, I want to say how excited I am that not only are you in WWE, but youíre doing so well on your first night out. Are you as excited as your fans are?

    BRYAN: Well, thank you. Iím super excited. Nobody knew what WWE NXT was going to be when we went in. The show started and we knew nothing so it was an exciting process to just find it all out as it went along and Iím thankful for the opportunity. I forget what they said the rating was, but I wrestled in front of more people on Tuesday night than Iíve probably wrestled in front of in my entire career, so thatís fantastic. I just hope the number holds up.

    SITTERSON: Iím sure it will, because it was a great debut, and the match between you and the World Heavyweight Champion, Chris Jericho, was awesome. How are you feeling after that?

    BRYAN: Physically Iím a little banged up, but Iím no stranger to that. Mentally I feel very good about the show, and now I know a little more about what to expect, and thatís to expect anything. Any second they can pop up and say ďHey, say something!Ē and you have to be ready. You could just be standing backstage and all of a sudden they grab you and go ďHey, what do you think about whatís going on in the ring?Ē and youíve got to be ready to say something.

    SITTERSON: Is that exciting for you, or just nerve-wracking?

    BRYAN: For me itís exciting, because Iím confident in my ability to speak. For years, the knock on me has always been ďOh, he might not be a very good interviewerĒ or ďHeís not good at talkingÖĒ

    SITTERSON: Which is something I never understood Ė I never got that criticism of you.

    BRYAN: Well, itís well-founded if you look at me in 2002-2005. You know, everyone has to work on things, and Iíve always been someone who in my regular life, I donít say a whole lot. Iím very quiet, I keep to myself, and so it really took a lot of work for me to feel comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. I can go out there in the ring and feel very comfortable, but you put me in front of a camera against a blank wall, and itís kind of intimidating. So I was glad I got that opportunity, and now, because Iíve been able to do that, Iíve really been able to work on that for probably the last four years, thatís really what Iíve been working on. And Iím still not the best at it, but I hope doing this and being around guys who are good at that will help me improve.

    SITTERSON: Well, I think you certainly held your own with The Miz on Tuesday night.

    BRYAN: I watched it back and you can see certain things Ė his body language is fantastic. Iím not on the internet much, Iím not very computer-savvy, but a couple of my friends forwarded this blog that The Miz posted last week, and itís partially correct. There are a lot of things that I have to learn about being a WWE Superstar. The Miz in the ring, I feel, isnít as good as I am, but when it comes to public speaking and the way he presents himself, heís fantastic.

    SITTERSON: He catches a lot of heat online, but heís definitely got his own skill-set.

    BRYAN: Right, he has his own skill-set and thereís definitely something to be learned from that. The only negative is how antagonistic he is about how good he is at it.

    SITTERSON: Getting back to your first WWE match on Tuesday night, that suicide dive was a pretty risky maneuver, and you really hit the announcerís table hard. How are you feeling? Did you crack any ribs?

    BRYAN: It hurts, but Iíve been in matches where Iíve detached my retina and still wrestled, so for me, this isnít a big deal. The doctors at the show wanted to take an X-Ray, thinking that I had a couple broken ribs, but I declined. This is the biggest opportunity Iíve ever had in my career, so I canít afford to take any time off right now.

    SITTERSON: Can you talk more about competing against Jericho? Not only is he World Heavyweight Champion right now, but heís a WWE Legend in his own right. Were you a Jericho fan growing up?

    BRYAN: I was super excited to be in the ring with Jericho, because he was one of my favorites when I was in high school. He came into WCW probably 1996, 97ish and he was the guy on TV who was never given that great opportunity to be with the main-eventers, but he was always the most entertaining guy on the show. It was awesome, and then his ring-work of course is impeccable. He was one of the first guys who showed, him and Eddie both, were some of the first guys that showed that smaller guys can not only be great in the ring but charismatic on the microphone as well. They were pushing the cruiserweights, and as a cruiserweight he was so good at antagonizing people and that sort of thing. And then he comes into WWE with the Y2J thing and heís been phenomenal ever since. Heís one of those guys who as a smaller guy, I look up to and say ďIíd like to be as good as that.Ē So getting into the ring with him was a dream come true.

    SITTERSON: I know itís early on in the process, so you might not have too many thoughts on this, but how do peopleís in-ring styles differ from what youíre used to on the independent circuit? Is there a big difference?

    BRYAN: Thereís definitely a huge difference. For one, guys here are a lot more powerful than guys on the independent circuit. You can see it just in the way theyíre hitting. The plus side for me is that they move a lot slower than they do on the independent circuit. Iíve wrestled guys who are 155 pounds and move like lightning, so the speed is slowed down from that, which gives me a little bit of an advantage. The other thing is that there arenít many guys in WWE who are throwing the level of kicks that Iíve experienced in Japan. They have their own things that theyíre good at, but going in there against Japanís best, you really get rocked with those kicks. In WWE Iím going to be one of the better kickers, so I think thatís to my advantage as well. One of the negatives is that Iím one of the smaller guys on the roster Ė Iím definitely the smallest guy on WWE NXT. I need to get used to wrestling bigger guys because even in Japan they have some big heavyweights over there, but Iíve traditionally only wrestled guys who are under 225 lbs.

    SITTERSON: You mentioned it already, but the WWE NXT roster is massive. On average, they might be bigger than the rest of the WWE roster.

    BRYAN: Yeah, especially like Skip Sheffield Ė he is an enormous man. I have a big head, right? I watched the show back and was like ďMan, Iíve got a big head.Ē But Skipís arms are bigger than my head, so you know, thatís huge.

    SITTERSON: With the size of guys like Skip, are there NXT Rookies who youíre concerned about, or arenít looking forward to facing in the ring?

    BRYAN:Iím not concerned about facing anyone in the ring. Iíve dealt with guys who are super-strong and Iíve dealt with big guys. My biggest concern is that nobody knows how theyíre voting for the winner on WWE NXT. So there are easily some guys on the show who are more charismatic than I am, and thatís one of the things I definitely need to work on.

    SITTERSON: Can you point out anyone in particular?

    BRYAN: If you look at a guy like David Otunga, heís got all the media behind him and all that kind of stuff. Heís a very good public speaker and he even went to Harvard.

    SITTERSON: Well, and heís handsome too, right? I mean letís just get it out there.

    BRYAN: [Laughs] Well, yeah. I was watching the show on TV and I am not a handsome man.

    SITTERSON: [Laughs] Ok, donít go fishing for compliments from me.

    BRYAN: [Laughs] No, Iíve got this big head, my haircut looked so goofy, and all these guys have their Superstar haircuts.

    SITTERSON: Speaking of fancy Superstar haircuts, aside from personal grooming, is there anything you could stand to learn from your WWE Pro, The Miz?

    BRYAN: You know, I could learn a lot from The Miz if he was a better teacher. Heís got a lot to offer, but he just doesnít seem overly interested in passing any of it on.

    SITTERSON: Moving forward are you concerned about your interactions with The Miz? Are you going to be able to salvage that Rookie-Pro relationship?

    BRYAN: Iím a little concerned in the sense of where do we go from here? You know, he jumps me after the match, so does he expect me to listen to him now? Is that proving some kind of point? Iíve been in this business for longer than he has, twice as long as he has, butI know that there are things I can learn from him Ė you can learn from everybody. That said, when youíre trying to learn something, you donít want to be talked down to, regardless of who it is. And there are a bunch of people who might talk down to me. I was caught off guard by Matt Striker interviewing me after Miz slapped me Ė I feel like he talked down to me. You know, Iím very laidback, but as soon as you start talking down to me, especially guys like The Miz and Matt Striker, who Iíve been in this business longer than they have, gone and done more things outside WWE than they would ever be able to do if WWE didnít sign them, then Iím going to stand up for myself. So itíll be interesting to see how all that plays out.

    SITTERSON: What about in the rest of the WWE roster, are there guys that youíre excited about the prospect of facing?

    BRYAN: Thereís so many guys that Iíd love to be in the ring with. I would love to be in the ring with Rey Mysterio. I have a very similar style to William Regalís, so to compete against him would be incredible. I was trained by Shawn MichaelsÖmy god, the opportunity to get in the ring with Shawn Michaels. Then there are younger guys too. Iíve wrestled CM Punk on the independent scene countless times, and so getting to do that on a major stage like WWE would be so cool. I think for our hardcore fans that would be awesome Ė a lot of them would love to see that. So thereís a ton of guys up at WWE that Iíd love to get in the ring with.

    SITTERSON: I believe it. Is there anything else that youíd like to let the WWE Universe know?

    BRYAN: Just to expect the unexpected and be open to new ideas. In recent years WWE hasnít had a lot of submission grapplers, and me being a smaller guy and not a high-flyer like Mysterio, coming in with submissions, people might be taken aback. But be open to it and realize that I think thatís a big part of the future of sports-entertainment.

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    Re: Daniel Bryan Interview

    Yeah, I marked at the mention of the detached retina as well. I also admired his mentioning of the history between himself and guys like Punk and HBK. I especially loved his desire to face Rey.
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    Re: Daniel Bryan Interview

    I really would love to see Danielson/HBK before HBK "retires." Even if it gets interrupted by Undertaker or some other non-clean finish.

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