Daniel Bryan Admits To Being Angry About 18-Second Wrestlemania Match, Says Monday's Raw Supershow Was "Hectic"

GQ has a very good Q&A online with Daniel Bryan. In it, he discusses his abbreviated Wrestlemania match and called this past Monday's Raw Supershow a "hectic show." Below is an excerpt:

GQ: Do you have any ideas as to why it's happening right now?
Daniel Bryan: Especially last week in Miami, I feel like part of it was a backlash against how short my match at Wrestlemania was. A lot of it is that people like to boo me, but they kind of like me. They don't want bad things to happen to me, like an 18-second loss at Wrestlemania, especially the hardcore fans, which is mostly who comes for Wrestlemania. People come from all over the world. They travel to Wrestlemania, and a lot of those people know my story, how long it took me to get a Wrestlemania match. And then for my first one to be an 18-second loss, it actually generated a lot of anger.

GQ: Do you share that anger?
Daniel Bryan: Of course I do. I was World Heavyweight Champion for four months. I wanted to go out there and steal the show. I was trained by Shawn Michaels, and that's what he's notorious for. I've always had the mindset that my wrestling is as good as or better than anybody out there. I was really looking forward to going out there and showing everybody what I can do on the biggest stage of them all, and then I just wasn't able to do it.

GQ: What was the conversation like when you were told that the match was going to go down like this?
Daniel Bryan: I mean, there wasn't much of a conversation. This is my job, you know? You have to do something, and even if you don't like it, that's what you do. But you go out there and do the best that you can. I went out and did the best entrance I could possibly do. You just do your best; that's all anybody can do.

GQ: There have been moments where WWE has been notorious for not doing what its audience wants. But with all the chants for you and how much you've been catching on since Wrestlemania, it seems like the company wouldn't be able to ignore that.
Daniel Bryan: Well, for example, [this week] I wasn't on Raw. There were loads of "Yes!" signs in the crowd, but I wasn't on Raw. There's always a lot of things that go into that; it was a hectic show. But yeah, there's some stuff like that that happens.

GQ: Moving forward, what would you like to be doing?
Daniel Bryan: I would like to have a more aggressive side to my character. Losing the World Heavyweight Championship in 18 seconds, storyline or not, is going to anger somebody. If you've been champion for four months and you lose it in 18 seconds on what's kind of a cheap shot, you're going to be a little bit angry. I'd like to amp up the more aggressive side of my character in that sense. But as far as what happens from here, who knows? I'm hoping that the fans keep getting behind me. Even if they do the "Yes!" chant in a mocking sense, I want them to see me in the same light that they've seen me before, as one of the main event guys on Smackdown.

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  • John

    Does anybody else feel WWE is dropping the ball big time with Daniel Bryan? They had a chance to reall make the guy over but they are screwing it up! Let me explain…The night after WM DB was shown backstage but they never had him come out while the show was on the air. Ppl were going crazy for Bryan all damn night and they only let him show up after the show was over. Then on Tuesday they did the best they could to edit out the YES YES YES chants but the people were just too crazy still. Then they make the shirt and yes although it’s great, they put absolutely zero thought into. Any idiot can make a yes yes yes t-shirt! But this is WWE they have come up with some
    Awesome shirts throughout the year but this one really had no thought at all. I really hope his tshirt sells great so he can get over backstage but I’m sure a lot of ppl are not gonna want to spend 30 bucks on a shirt that just says yes three times without any other design on it. At least have a slogan saying winning at all cost or something like that. His second shirt was really cool they should have done something like that.

  • nite

    who ever came up with the "great idea" of DB dropping the belt in 18secs should be slapped, not only did it possibly hurt his character but it stole a great match from the fans, it would have at the very least been better then the diva/reporter tag match. I think DB can recover from any damage the loss had on his character but its the stolen match that is hard to get over.

  • Howard Stern

    I've lost all faith in WWE over the past 2 years. It really seems like they are trying to sabotage themselves sometimes, but hopefully Lesner will bring back some attitude to the show.

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  • Marc

    The YES YES YES chants has the potential to be another WHAT chant like Stone Cold's. Good luck to Daniel.

    • Blazeking

      It *is* the new "What?" chant now. We haven't heard it since WM.
      Thank you Daniel Bryan!!!!!

  • Sheamus vs Bryan at WM27 For U.S title
    One year later Sheamus vs Bryan WM28 WHC

    • Matt Scott

      Well notced! -_-

  • chopper

    not much yes chants at smackdown all depends on the crowed.

  • Mylo

    The YES lock! YES! YES! YES! They need to push DB. The man has gotten over on the mic, with the crowd, and dammit he's the best wrestler in the WWE, along with Jericho. Keep him on the air doing his thing because he's damn sure entertaining. YES!