Daniel Bryan is continuing his media tour as he is busy promoting SummerSlam 2013 and talking all things WWE. Bryan now finds himself a reality star thanks to Total Divas but isn’t necessarily a fan of the show.
Bryan’s portrayal on Total Divas is fascinating because it really appears to be the “real” Daniel Bryan and not the character he plays on television. I find it fascinating due to the timing. Right at the time Bryan finds himself in the middle of his biggest push and just weeks before his biggest match fans are seeing a different side of him. What does Bryan think of his portrayal on the show?
“Okay. So, I honestly have not seen a single episode. When the first episode aired we were in Australia and when the second episode aired I was literally on a flight. When you put that together with the fact that me and Brie actually don’t have cable [laughs], it’s hard for me to watch the show. Evidently the reception to it has been good. As for being on the show, it’s been fun but it’s also hard. We don’t have a lot of days off to begin with.
A lot of times we leave on Friday and I don’t get home until Wednesday. So Wednesday is kind of a half day, then you fly out early Friday morning. So that day and a half that used to be free time is no longer necessarily free time. But I think it’s excellent that it’s been so successful so far.”
You have to love the honesty there! That isn’t exactly what I’d call a ringing endorsement of the show.
Bryan was also asked to predict the next stars of the future on the WWE roster. I know a lot of independent wrestling and ROH fans are going to love these answers.
“You know, it’s hard for me to say because I haven’t seen all those guys. Someone I have a soft spot in my heart for is Sami Zayn. He wrestled as El Generico in the independents. In the ring he’s just phenomenal. I saw a couple of his matches with Antonio Cesaro and it’s some of the best wrestling this year, as far as I’m concerned, even compared to the stuff you see on WWE TV.
If he can get the personality to match his wrestling skills, I haven’t seen any of his interviews, but he has loads of personality as a human being and I can only imagine if he’s able to transfer that onto television he should be a big star, I’d hope. But you never know, because size might hold him back for a little bit, but talent always shines through.”
Bryan is also part of a revolution in my opinion that has taken place the last few years similar to the Bret-Shawn 1992 era in which the smaller, more talented guys are getting pushed over the jacked up muscle-heads. Bryan thinks it is because fans expect more action in their matches.
“Yeah and part of that is because fans no longer accept the slow-paced wrestling matches. Most of the big guys can’t wrestle the action-packed matches. That’s what makes somebody like Big Show so incredibly special. You see him and he’s seven feet tall and between 450 and 500 pounds. Yet, when I was wrestling him I’d dropkick him in the knee and he’d flip all the way around. He’s an incredibly agile guy, and he’s been wrestling since 1995. The same goes for Kane, who goes to the top rope.
If you’re a big guy and you can’t move well, you’re not going to last long in the modern WWE system.”
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