The Yes Movement is on life support right now as Daniel Bryan heads into WrestleMania. The former WWE champion is removed from the main-event and there is nobody more disappointed than the American Dragon.
Bryan has had one of the steepest descends from the WrestleMania main-event since The Miz fell from main-event to twelve-man tag team match. Bryan is wrestling for the intercontinental title at Mania, a title that has been more of a curse than a championship in recent years. Bryan talked to IGN.com recently and expressed his disappointment.
“I mean, I was more disappointed than anyone else, I think. [laughs] Because to go from the top where you’re headlining a show like WrestleMania and then come back and you’re in a spot where you don’t have anything certain for WrestleMania. It’s hard. As a WWE Superstar, sometimes you think “Okay, I know the lay of the land.” It’s going to be these matches and these matches and these matches at WrestleMania. And so if you’re not in that batch…my situation was this. I was either going to be in the main event of WrestleMania or I was going to be fifth or sixth from the top. And it’s a huge difference, you know what I mean? So it was pretty disappointing.”
Bryan talked further about the impact of those fans.
“I think that’s one of the coolest parts about our job. In no other place do fans have this much power. Last year the fans definitely affected change for me as far what they did. I was never supposed to be thought of for that spot. And so the fans were the ones who pushed and made their voices heard. And that’s powerful. And that kind of power is special and something that makes the WWE completely unique.”
Unfortunately Bryan is living in another world. The fans really don’t have that much power in the WWE. If they did, he’d be in a better spot at Mania. The fans are voiceless and all you have to do is look at this year’s lineup to see that. The fans may have impacted last year’s show but if not for CM Punk walking out, it wouldn’t have mattered what the fans thought and Bryan would have been wrestling Sheamus in a meaningless match.
“I wasn’t really worried about the crowd reaction. I was mostly worried about whether or not I could come back. We dealt with so many frustrations, so many setbacks. The last thing on my mind most of the time was “Oh, no. What if I come back and no one reacts?” Right? [laughs] I wasn’t really thinking about that. I kind of figured they would react well because my wife had been in a story over the summer and they were used to reacting to her. And she was keeping the “YES!” chant alive and all that. And so I wasn’t worried about keeping my momentum going, just whether or not I could actually come back and wrestle.”
One of the bigger stories of the year is Bryan’s comeback. I don’t think people realize how close he was to losing his career. I would recommend checking out the entire interview where Bryan talks a bit about a recent SmackDown match, WrestleMania 31, the WWE audience, and more over at IGN.com.