RVAMag has a detailed Q&A online with Daniel Bryan to promote Monday's WWE Raw in Richmond, Virginia. Below is an excerpt:
So to start, what is going on with the beard-off since Josh Reddick (Oakland Athletics' outfielder) trimmed his beard?
Oh my gosh! Yeah, I have no idea. I don't know why he did it. I just can't believe it. One of the guys who runs the YouTube stuff for WWE is the one who actually told me about it. I came back from a match and he said, "Congratulations!" I was like, "Uh, what are you talking about. I just did like a three minute match out there." He said, "No, you won the beard-off. Josh Reddick just shaved his beard." I'm still growing my beard, so if he wants to try and catch up, I'm more than willing to keep it up. Up to him.
What are your opinions on The Shield since you & Kane have worked with them more than anyone on the roster, really?
I think The Shield has done a fantastic job. It's very difficult to come into the WWE, be put in the main spot, and to hold up your end of the deal. Those guys really have. I think it's because Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins spent years in the indies before getting here. Then Roman Reigns, who had very limited experience before coming to WWE, has really stepped up and done a great job. I have nothing but respect for those guys and they've done amazingly so far. More than half the time, they go out there and steal the show.
To change gears for a second, you were famously touted as a vegan athlete for the longest time, but I understand you had to give it up, right?
Yeah, I developed a really bad soy intolerance, where it was making me really sick. Right now, I stick with a mostly vegetarian diet. Sometimes I'll eat a little meat here and there just out of convenience more than anything else. I still eat mostly vegan and if it's not mostly vegan, it's vegetarian. When I'm at home, it's not a problem at all. It's just when you're on the road so much. Finding vegan food without soy in it and still being able to get your protein and that sort of thing that you need as an athlete is very, very difficult. I've been fortunate because there's a company called Vega who does vegan protein shakes and that sort of thing. They've sent me free vegan protein and all that kind of stuff, and their products are amazing. They don't have soy in it, so that's been fantastic, but finding real food besides that has been very, very difficult. Sometimes I have to eat some eggs or eat a little bit of meat just to get by, you know?
Now I know The Ryback rides with you, which leads to some hilarious moments. I just can't imagine the two of you riding together honestly.
Actually, The Ryback stopped riding with me! It's unfortunate, but I don't think it's because of the constant hazing I've given him. We had fun together and it went both ways really, but he prefers to ride by himself. He has a very specific schedule that he likes to keep. It's hard because when you're riding with someone, your schedules have to coincide or else it just doesn't work. I'm somebody who likes to go to bed early and wake up early. A lot of guys like to stay up later, wake up later, and get their stuff done. Different people require different riding partners really.
With you both being on the road so much, how in the world does "dating" really work out?
It's been harder, actually, now that they've been filming this reality show because Brie has to go do certain things for the show, you know what I mean? Before Brie came back, I'd be on the road and come back and we'd have our time at home just together just completely by ourselves before I would go back on the road. Now, it's a little more interesting because she's on the road sometimes with me, sometimes on a different brand or something like that, but we'll see each other more on the road and we get less quality alone time at home. So it's an ever-evolving situation.
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