The WWE in 2013 is one of the most fascinating stories in recent years if you really dissect the talent roster, their spots, and creative booking. While WWE fans are quickly learning to appreciate Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins, independent wrestling fans have been relishing their talents for years. With such a similar background, it is no surprise that Bryan is a big fan of The Shield.
“I think The Shield has done a fantastic job. It’s very difficult to come into the WWE, be put in the main spot, and to hold up your end of the deal. Those guys really have. I think it’s because Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins spent years in the indies before getting here. Then Roman Reigns, who had very limited experience before coming to WWE, has really stepped up and done a great job. I have nothing but respect for those guys and they’ve done amazingly so far. More than half the time, they go out there and steal the show.”
Bryan and Seth Rollins also have traveled a similar road to the WWE. Both are former Ring of Honor champions and even wrestled a few times back in the Honor days. Bryan thinks their matches can be even better today in a WWE ring.
“Well, I think we’ve both evolved as wrestlers, in some ways good and in some ways bad, but a big difference is the crowd. It’s way different wrestling in front of 500-700 people than it is wrestling in front of thousands of people, you know? Unfortunately we haven’t had a singles match yet, but I would love to be able to wrestle Seth Rollins in a singles match and really show people what we can do.”
It certainly is a much different time in pro wrestling today where you have wrestlers completely breaking kayfabe in media interviews. Bryan’s media interviews have always been very good since entering the WWE, specifically for that reason. I would imagine that the WWE are also on board since they continue putting him out there as a representative of the company.