Daniel Bryan – “I Feel Like WWE Still Doesn’t See Money In Me”

Daniel Bryan took part in an interview earlier this week  with 97.9 WGRD out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the interview, he discussed his his abrupt exit from The Wyatt Family, his frustrations with backstage politics, and more. In addition, he admitted that he still feels as if WWE doesn’t see money in him. The interview is available at this link, or embedded below:

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  • BIG M

    Thousands of people chanting yes yes yes or his name and WWE still refuse to push him.
    What the hell are those idiots in WWE HQ thinking.

    • Gary Robert

      I said this a while back and it still makes sense about NOT pushing him; Think about it…by not pushing him, it allows WWE to have multiple “bigger” story lines. If Bryan were champion then he’s over as champion so a championship match becomes one of two marketable things (him AND the title). If he’s not champion, they market his story line, he’s still over, fans still chant for him PLUS they have a “main event” type championship match available as well for whatever card that particular night. I’m not saying I like it…but if you think about it in that sense, it technically makes more sense for them business-wise.

      • Bob’s Diner

        That’s all good and well, but fans need the pay off – why bother
        investing all your time and energy getting into someone when he is never
        going to be champion? Look at Dolph Ziggler’s reactions at WrestleMania
        and compare them to now – no one really cares anymore, because everyone
        knows he’s going to be a midcarder for life.

        Besides which,
        history tells us the biggest draws for the company have been champions.
        Pretty sure WWE wouldn’t be where they are today if Steve Austin had
        kept feuding with Savio Vega in the midcard.

        Daniel Bryan VS Bray Wyatt is hardly the ‘main event’

        • Padres4life

          Bryan deserves better…hopefully he squashes Bray like a bug at the Rumble and moves on…..that feud has been going too long.

    • Nostaljack

      That the crowd always chants for him regardless and when he finally gets where we feel he should be, they’ll chant even louder, longer, and more passionately…and I agree with them.

    • Jbreed

      Those idiots are probaby thinking of ideas for another lame new “U Cant See Me” or “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” tshirt to sell to the Little Jimmies.

  • Smarky Smark

    Here comes the shovel Bryan.

  • Patrick

    The smaller companies like ROH , DragongateUSA , PWG or even the two bigger comapies in Japan have no problems making some like Daniel Bryan the Top guy their champion who can carry their company. yet WWE refuses to see that. It’s amazing how those promotions are smarter then WWE.

    • Nostaljack

      If they were smarter, they’d make more money and they wouldn’t be smaller companies. It’s not like these companies set out to be microscopic. They are because they aren’t as smart. That’s just simple math.

  • Padres4life

    i wonder if this is real or a work…because his promo on Monday’s Raw, he made a joke about how some people don’t think he could be face of the company…so it seems like a worked shoot, but if he is really shooting, than i wonder if he’ll get into trouble.

  • Kevin Taylor

    Daniel Bryan is one of those RARE guys; the ones that have a natural connection with the crowd AND are also great in the ring. Think Shawn Michaels, Brett Hart, Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton and the HHH’s of the industry.

    • opie

      You lost me when you said Orton.

      • Kevin Taylor

        HaHa, fair enough.

      • Nostaljack

        He shouldn’t have. Orton can you make you hate him better than just about anyone. His mic has drastically improved and his ring work was never anything to sneeze at. Don’t know why people insist on hating on his obvious skills.

        • IWC

          Because he’s robotic and very predictable and all he seems to care about is burying people. I’d much rather see a more deserving guy like Kofi Kingston get pushed over Randy “snoozefest” Orton.

          • Lebron James

            Jesus F’ing Christ that was like 300 years ago. Get over it!

          • Nostaljack

            With all due respect, I think you’re knee-jerking. This happened a very long time ago. His robotic promos were a very long time ago and predictability was a very long time ago. We have to let people move on and improve.

        • Bob’s Diner

          He makes people hate him, but it isn’t in a ‘heel’ type of hate. It is more a ‘get off my tv’ kind of hate. He can wrestle, but isn’t particularly exciting with it – he is just a HHH clone in the ring. Which is why their WrestleMania main event was such a disaster

        • Lebron James

          I was just about to say the same. In the ring there isn’t many better. At times he’s easily the best in the world. Sure his mic skills aren’t at a Cena/Punk level, but he’s gotten a lot better over the last couple of years at it. The hate is typical IWC bullsh1t.

          • Bob’s Diner

            “In the ring there isn’t many better. At times he’s easily the best in the world”

            BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        • Jbreed

          But with all the talent that has been coming and going in the WWE over the past ten years what does Orton have that makes him the deserve to be shoved down our throats as the number 2 guy for all these years? It’s not like he’s the best wrestler in the world, or the best talker, or the guy who’s most capable of boosting ratings or the guy who sells a ton of merchandise.

          • Nostaljack

            Not the best, but a thousand times better than he was. His mic has improved by leaps and bounds and he’s got passion – something he never really had before. I can give credit where credit is due and it’s due here – at least in my eyes.

  • IWC

    I agree with everything Bryan said. It’s BS that the WWE won’t put the title on him. There is plenty of guys that the WWE refuses to push because they think there’s no money in them even though the fans want too see them. Punk, Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, Ziggler among a few others but the WWE keeps insisting on shoving guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H & Batista down our throats even though all the fans are sick of them, those guys suck and aren’t very good wrestlers. It’s the same crap we got in 2005 all over again and I for one am sick of it. Vince needs to listen to the fans and give us what we want!

  • Jay El Bee

    And why should they, when they pushed you as the top guy a couple of months ago all they got in return was sinking ratings and low buyrates. Not to mention the house show attendance at the shows you and Punk are on are barely drawing half of the crowds that Cena & Orton are bringing in at the moment. Maybe if you could somehow magically turn Yes chants into something that matters then maybe the WWE would see money in you, but based on what I’ve seen over the past couple of years people like the chant more than the guy behind the chant.

    • Alex P

      When was Bryan actually given the ball as the top guy? Was he pushed towards the top? Yes, but I don’t remember when he was the “top guy.” I remember he had won the title twice and has had it taken away from him within 24 hours both times (in a variety of ways). Last time I looked ORTON was the top guy when the sinking ratings came in (while Cena was out). Based on the crowd reactions we’ve seen lately…I don’t think Cena or Orton are bringing them all in (Cena always sells but you know what I mean). Bryan has not been given a chance to go on his own, and the reactions from the crowds are ridiculous!

      • Padres4life

        i agree 100%…they probably know by now none of it was Bryan’s fault.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Clowns like these guys don’t. They live in a world where John Cena and Randy Orton are the greatest and nobody likes Daniel Bryan. I think they are the kind of people WWE hopes all their fans are

      • Jay El Bee

        It depends on what you mean by given the ball, because he was given the ball as the top face of the company for 2 months and the ratings took a nosedive. If you mean given the ball as in WWE champion why would they do that after seeing the sinking ratings and low buyrates, and the obnoxious Bryan fanbase demanding refunds because things didn’t go their way didn’t help his cause either. As far as crowds go I was talking about the recent house show numbers, Cena & Orton have been bringing in 4,000-7,000 while Punk & Bryan were bringing in 1,800-2,500 as recently as last week.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Blah blah blah no surprise you have this to say – the same garbage you say all the time. Blaming Daniel Bryan and CM Punk for everything while ignoring facts.

      You are the new IWC that people like you bitch about all the time

      • Danny_Boy

        BLAH BLAH BLAH, you & Jbreed are the same old IWC that blame Cena & Orton for everything with all your guys’ ignorant nonsense. You guys the people that the intelligent fans bitch about

        • Bob’s Diner

          I’m sorry – you represent “intelligent fans”?

        • Jbreed

          But yet during the past ten years with Cena and Orton as the number 1 and number 2 guys of the WWE I lost count of how many times I heard about how “the WWE is concerned about declining Monday Night Raw ratings” and “ppv buyrates down”. And did you ever ask yourself, why the WWE keeps bringing in stars from the past to sell WM instead of relying on Cena and Orton? Their own employers lack confidence in them to sell their product during the biggest time of the year. The thing I’ll remember the most about the WWE during the Cena/Orton era are all those desperate attempts by the WWE to try and boost ratings. The most deperate and embarrassing move ever was when Vince McMahon had to give away a million dollars of his own money on live tv to get people to tune in. The past ten years have been a joke and you’re the one who’s just too freakin’ ignorant to realize there needs to be a change.

          • Michael

            People like you make me sick. If you think the last ten years have been a joke then why the hell did you keep watching then, that makes you an even bigger joke. Here’s a simple solution, change the channel and stop watching HELLO! Last I checked Punk & Bryan were apart of that era that you claim was a joke as well so does that make them a joke as well? You sound like Batista right now with this stupid rant. Truth is you & Danny_Boy lack the common sense of an intelligent wrestling fan.

          • Jbreed

            Maybe I should have stopped watching but if you get this upset over somebody calling the WWE a joke than you need to get a freakin’ life.

          • Jbreed

            BTW to all of you people who don’t have anything better to come up with than the usual “than why don’t you stop watching” bullshit here’s why. It’s because I’ve been a die-hard wrestling fan for almost 35 years. It’s like with your favorite sports team. Just because it goes from being a championship team to missing the playoffs for a bunch of years doesn’t mean you stop watching. You stick with it. It’s called loyalty.

          • Michael

            You need to get a life dude. Fans like you are the worse. Typical IWC bull**** from you everytime you post. If you have a problem with kids supporting Cena then you have a serious problem buddy. I doubt you’ve been a fan for 35 years.

        • Michael

          You’re an idiot. Please explain too me why you feel you are a intelligent wrestling fan?

      • Jay El Bee

        If you don’t like what I have to say then just ignore my comments moron. I’ve seen you post way to many stupid comment to count yet you don’t see my trolling you every chance I get do you.

        • Bob’s Diner

          The problem is your comments are so ignorant and hypocritical that I can’t ignore them.

          You just repeat the same stuff – calling me a moron, or ‘typical IWC’ and then that Daniel Bryan killed the ratings.

          I get it. You don’t like him or CM Punk. I don’t like HHH but I’m not stupid enough to pretend people don’t LOVE the guy. I’m not a fan of Ultimate Warrior but I defend him when others say he shouldn’t be going in the WWE Hall of Fame. I’m not even a huge fan of Daniel Bryan. It’s just that people like you are so set on your brainwashed WWE learnings that John Cena and Randy Orton are actually better than anyone the ‘internet fans’ like. You realise that probably 90% of the WWE audience have never even heard of Ring of Honor? That they have come to learn about these guys through their performances in WWE and that they are actually great performers?

          These guys have worked hard to get where they are – they have never been handed anything by WWE or the wrestling industry in general, unlike other people in WWE who have barely any experience but get in a great position purely because of who their family is or how they look. I don’t understand how you can complain about talented people getting what they deserve

          • Jay El Bee

            What hard work, Bryan has been given more opportunities by the WWE since his debut than 99% of the roster.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Getting fired for no good reason is an opportunity? Given stupid gimmick after stupid gimmick is an opportunity?

            WWE Hall of Famers and people high up backstage have spoken out at how he has overcome ever hurdle they have thrown at him and has more than proved his worth.
            I’ll say it one last time – the crowd loves him. Your hate and stupidity can’t change that

          • Jay El Bee

            I think you mean “fired”. If you hate stupid gimmicks then I don’t how you can continue to defend Bryan, his chant Yes like a moron on a weekly basis gimmick is probably the stupidest gimmick he’s ever had. Everybody at some point or another has had to overcome hurdles at some point in their career, so why should Bryan be any different.

    • Jbreed

      Well, first of all half of the crowd John Cena brings in is made up of 5 to 10 year old kids. So any time the ratings are down when somebody other than Cena is main eventing is because they lose all of their adolescent crowd and not the fan who actually understand what’s really going on. And by the way, when Bryan was main eventing and the ratings were sinking,why doesn’t anybody blame Randy Orton, you know, the number 2 guy, or as he’s known on this blog. the 1b guy in the company?

      • Danny_Boy

        Well the crowd that Punk & Bryan bring in are made up of 35 year old virgins so what’s your point?

        • Jbreed

          Well first of all the product us adults are watching is the same product toddlers are interested in so it’s almost like watching Sesame Street. Anyway, if you don’t understand the difference between a 5 year old wrestling fan and a 35 year old virgin than there’s somethin’ wrong.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Don’t worry, Jay El Bee is a joke. He blames every other wrestler for the lowest rating of 2013, despite the fact Cena and Orton were the main event and featured in the last hour – which was the lowest viewed hour of 2013.

        • Jbreed

          Another thing is people are just plain idiots becaue they buy into the WWE’s excuses. When ratings are down during Cena’s and Orton’s time they blame it on Monday Night Football but when a Daniel Bryan segment doesn’t do as well as expected then they say it’s because Bryan can’t draw.

      • Jay El Bee

        The last time I checked those Yes chants seem to be pretty high pitched every week, so if the adolescent crowd won’t even watch him wrestle then that pretty much confirms what I’ve been saying all along that the Yes chant is the only thing over about Bryan. As for why Orton doesn’t get much or any of the blame well that one’s easy, other than a week or two here or there the ratings have gone up since his feud with Bryan ended.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Again – you are a joke. Orton’s feud with Bryan ended in October. Check out the ratings and see how different they were in November (i.e. not at all different)

          Your ignorance is astounding. High pitched ‘Yes’ chants? Aren’t you the same person saying you had friends go and chant ‘Yes’ too? So you are friends with children?

          Who cares who is chanting it – the fact is the entire crowd are chanting it with him. The whole crowd are behind him. I realise that doesn’t work in your weird world view but it is a fact. Get over it

          • Jay El Bee

            If by not all that different you mean they weren’t able to immediately gain back the 20% of the WWE audience they lost when Bryan was the top face then I agree. Just exactly how many friends do you think I have that they would be able to change the pitch of a crowd chant. You’re right who cares who is chanting it, that fact is those people won’t watch the show when he’s on, won’t buy the PPVs he headlines, and won’t attend the house shows he’s at so why would the WWE see money in this guy.

    • Bob’s Diner

      “Maybe if you could somehow magically turn Yes chants into something that matters then maybe the WWE would see money in you”

      Push him – that’s how you turn it into money. You put the title on the guy and push him to the moon, then watch the money pour in.

      • Jay El Bee

        They already did push him, or was August through October just a horrible 3 month nightmare that I had. As far as that push to the moon goes I’m pretty sure I already saw that last Spring/Summer when he beat everyone that mattered clean except for maybe Punk and yet the money didn’t pour in. Yes I know he didn’t have but I don’t see how that would have changed anything, a draw’s a draw no matter what.

  • Jbreed

    I lost count of how many times us doubters have been blasted by the people who don’t agree with the fact Vince McMahon doesn’t have faith in Daniel Bryan. Well, now hearing it from Bryan himself, maybe you all will finally be convinced.

    • Nostaljack

      If that were true, he wouldn’t be on TV at all and the opportunities to get the “pop” he’s gotten recently would never have happened. They obviously don’t dislike Bryan. Suggesting otherwise seems a little silly, doesn’t it?

      • Jbreed

        Well when the hottest guy in the company is sent back to the midcard than it kind of makes me wonder. And people post so many excuses about why Bryan was relegated to the mid-card and to me it’s all a bunch of crap. Bryan was the most over guy in the WWE and the way it works is you go with the hot hand.