• Daniel Bryan On If He Felt Ring Rust When He Returned, His New In-Ring Style
During a recent interview with SPORTbible, SmackDown Live wrestler Daniel Bryan commented on if he felt ring rust after his return, his new “more interesting with less risk” in-ring style, his recent match with WWE Champion AJ Styles and more.
Below are the highlights:
On if he felt ring rust after his return:
“I honestly didn’t feel any ring rust. It was strange because the day I was cleared, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens attacked me and I did the running dropkicks – just dropkick, dropkick, dropkick. You have to understand, I wasn’t prepared for this to happen. I’m wearing the shoes which I’m wearing now – which are from a thrift store and they’re a half size too big! I was wearing a sportscoat and I haven’t done the dropkick in the corner for three years – it’s a very exhausting thing to do because you’re sprinting, running, jumping and then kick.
I was a little bit concerned but that night I didn’t feel tired or anything, I was excited, it was fun. Same thing at Wrestlemania, I felt like nothing felt weird or awkward – everything felt like normal and how it used to feel. Obviously I am doing these live events and there are more singles matches – there’s stuff where I’m like, ‘Ok I’m a little bit rusty at this’ – I haven’t done a fireman’s carry in years and that’s a very specific movement that I haven’t done a lot of. Stuff like that is going to take me a while before everything’s back to normal but overall I’m very happy with it.”
On his new “more interesting with less risk” in-ring style:
“The idea would be that I do things differently and people aren’t able to perceive it. Specifically with the Wrestlemania match, we wanted to show people that the old Daniel Bryan was back – I want to change my style but I’m doing it gradually. This last week I attacked Cass and ended it with a heel hook – in my mind this is a new direction in how I’m wrestling and then focussing more on the ‘Yes!’ Lock than on knee and that sets up different things.
This is probably in more detail than fans would probably want to know but I’m setting up those things so the matches are still entertaining and interesting – if you’re watching it for a story front to back, it’s more interesting with less risk. That’s kind of where I’m going with it, while still making it exciting.”
On his recent match with WWE Champion AJ Styles:
“I consider AJ to be the best right now as far as in-ring performance. It was good to be able to go out there and see if I could keep up with him not only physically but mentally because a large part of what we do is mental. I actually wish we had more time; the match we had was 10-12 minutes or whatever it was and hopefully soon we’ll have the chance to do a solid 30 minutes and do our thing.”
• Big Mistake In Major RAW Storyline
Fans are eager to know who will be Brock Lesnar’s next opponent for the Universal Championship and it’s safe to say that it’s most probably going to be “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns once again.
This is so because of the current storyline that’s going on with Roman Reigns where he claims that the authority doesn’t want him anywhere near the Universal Championship.
The storyline of Reigns thinking that the authority is screwing him over began on the night after WrestleMania 34 where Roman talked about Vince McMahon couldn’t even look him in the eye and tell him what was coming at WrestleMania.
It should be noted that this “Authority screwing Reigns” storyline has a big mistake in it and it’s the fact that Reigns wasn’t screwed by the authority in the main event of WrestleMania 34. Reigns was defeated fair & square by Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania.
However, this storyline would’ve made sense if there was a screwjob at WrestleMania where the authority helped Brock win. That incident would’ve fit the other two times Reigns got screwed:
– At the Greatest Royal Rumble: Reigns should’ve been declared the winner as his feet touched the floor before Brock’s did, but the referee declared Brock as the winner of the steel cage match.
– During a Money In The Bank qualifying match where Jinder Mahal cost him the match and then Reigns wasn’t given a second chance to qualify (while other wrestlers got one more chance).
With that being said, this will turn into another failed storyline to get the fans behind Reigns because of WWE’s illogical approach.