The official website of the US Airways Center has posted a Q&A with Daniel Bryan to promote this Sunday’s WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view. In the article, he discusses his rise to the main event scene, his history with CM Punk, his prediction to win the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match, and more.
In the following excerpt, Bryan discusses the “turning point” in his WWE career, and what was responsible for his push:
“Well, I think a lot of it was just opportunities. We were in a situation where Mark Henry and a lot of other guys were hurt. Then when I cashed in the Money in the Bank contract and won the championship, they gave me an opportunity to see what I could do. They gave me the opportunity to go out there and talk on the microphone in the ring. And the more that I was able to go out there and do it, and perform well, the more responsibility they were able to give me. ‘Okay, he did good last week, let’s give him a little more time this week. Let’s see if he can be out there for 10 minutes or 12 minutes on the microphone and hold people’s interests.’ Luckily, I’ve been able to do it.
If you would have asked my high school English teacher if I would have been able to stand out in front of 10,000 people and talk on a microphone. He would have said, ‘Wait a second, this guy stuttered doing a book report.’ So yes, it’s been pretty crazy.”
When asked who, while on the independent scene, had the best chance of making it big between himself and CM Punk, Bryan responded:
“Here’s the thing. Nobody thought I had any marketable skills whatsoever (laughs). I always a very good wrestler, but when you looked at me or talked to me, you would think, ‘Wow, this guy is very bland. He’s not someone who would catch on with the mass audiences of the WWE Universe.’ But CM Punk has always had that edge. He’s always had this personality that you either hated or you loved. Personality wise, people could see that he had something and that he could make it.”
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