Daniel Bryan is not known for rocking the boat yet even he is not happy with his current angle with wife Brie Bella and he isn’t afraid to tell you. Bryan was recently asked about the angle and the former champion spoke for most of us when he called the storyline flat out “stupid.”
[adinserter block=”1″]I can’t imagine watching RAW last Monday night who didn’t groan at the new twist in the Stephanie McMahon-Brie Bella feud. The new twist was a revelation that Daniel Bryan is having an affair with his physical therapist Megan Miller. Immediate comparisons were drawn to TNA’s Claire Lynch angle although I think that is a bit of an exaggeration. Regardless, the new layer was not well received within social media and it shouldn’t surprise you that Daniel Bryan found the whole thing downright silly.
Bryan was recently interviewed by IGN.com about his wife’s Brie main-event push and her rise to the top of RAW. Bryan is incredibly proud of his wife but when it comes to the Megan Miller twist, he isn’t on board. Bryan called the storyline “stupid” and was asked to expand on that by the interview.
“Yeah, to me, it’s groan-worthy. I don’t think it added anything to the story. It was just like, “Ugh!” But, you know, they do what they do, and you just gotta roll with the punches. It’s funny, because I feel like sometimes you just have to overcome these things more so than anything else. Like, Brie and Stephanie have to overcome that flaw. To me, that was a flaw in the story. The story was so good, and then here’s this flaw in it. But it’s whatever. It doesn’t hurt my feelings or anything, you know? It’s entertainment. It’s not real, so okay.”
He’s absolutely right. This is yet another case of the WWE getting too cute with a compelling story. In defense of the WWE, the angle was losing RAW viewers by the week so they did need to do something. However, I can’t imagine that anyone really thought this was the answer. It’s a big flaw in the story and while it may be a bit unfair to judge the angle after one week, I can’t imagine how it could improve other than ending.
That said, Bryan is very proud of his wife and he should be. She has grown immensely as a performer in recent months and has far exceeded expectations since returning to the WWE last year.
“Oh my gosh, I’m so proud of her. Her and Stephanie – the main event to RAW, two weeks in a row! That hasn’t happened with Divas in years. Now she’s in what’s, in my mind, the second-biggest match in SummerSlam, and Divas just don’t get that opportunity very often. So I’m really happy for her, really proud of her. She’s worked really hard. A lot of people don’t understand how hard the girls on Total Divas work. They’re on the road, the same as the rest of us, and then when they get home, they’ve got to be filming this whole time. So it’s a very hard life with very few days off, and she’s finally getting rewarded for that, so that’s really nice.”
He also talked a bit about the irony in her wrestling Stephanie at SummerSlam and Steph being one of their bosses.
[adinserter block=”2″]Yeah, and it is funny, because there is something borderline-therapeutic about being able to slap your boss, I think. And because there are so many frustrations we have as wrestlers, it’s like, THWACK! You can see, when Stephanie and Brie slap each other, it’s like, “Holy cow!” [Laughs] I’ve been on the opposite end of a Brie slap on WWE Television before, and I was like, “Holy cow! Why would you do that?” I have a ruptured eardrum in my left ear — it happened in 2007 from a Japanese wrestler named Kenta, who WWE actually has signed. So we were doing a story where I had kind of been dating the Bella Twins, but then they found me with Gail Kim or whatever, and then Brie slapped me. I just asked her, “Okay, please, just don’t slap me in the ear?” The first thing her little hand does is, WHACK! Right in the ear. I was like, “Oh my God!”
The entire interview is a fun read. Unfortunately he reveals that he has no timetable for his return and it appears there are still a lot of questions surrounding his health. Check out the entire interview over at IGN.com for all of the details.
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