ChicagoNow.com has a new interview up with Daniel Bryan. In the interview, he discusses his mixed martial arts training, whether he would want to pursue MMA professionally, why wrestling has waned in popularity, the popularity of “Yes” chants, his infamous 18-sec0nd WrestleMania match with Sheamus, and more.
In the following excerpt, Bryan explains how MMA training has affected his work 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.
Bryan was then asked who he’d like to face at next year’s WrestleMania, to which he replied:
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.
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