Daniel Bryan recently did an interview with Ted Gruber of Chicagonow.com. Bryan talked a lot about his Mixed Martial Arts training and why he does so even though he is a professional wrestler.
The following are some highlights of the interview:
How much of your MMA training really helps you in terms of doing your job as a wrestler?
"I feel that it’s very important because pro wrestling needs to evolve. What people bought in the 80’s and 90’s don’t necessarily buy it today. There’s a big difference the way I throw a kick and the rest of the roster throws one. I don’t think the fans can necessarily identify the difference, but they can tell the difference. I think my training has really helped me in that aspect of mixing in the real legit kicks. My wrestling style has always been tight and my MMA training has helped me incorporate that in the ring."
Looking to next year, who would you like to face going into Wrestlemania?
"I would think it would be really cool and how both are careers have gone, it would be CM Punk. I think that would be a major important match and be awesome to go out there in front of 70,000 people and show them what we can do. Both of us wrestled in front of 35 people so having that kind of crowd in front of us would be amazing."
Bryan also talks about his 18 second loss at WrestleMania 28, the "YES" chant, WWE not wanting to use ther term "wrestler" and much more. To read the full Q&A interview, click here.