Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report has Part 2 of his ”Inside WWE” piece that looks at last year’s Wrestlemania 30 story of Daniel Bryan.
Below are some quotes Snowden collected firsthand:
Daniel Bryan on his goal working the independents:
"On the independents, it was very important to me to go out there and have the best match possible," Bryan said. "It's about not being satisfied with your previous performances. When you're in the same scenario the next week, ask, 'How can I do that better?' It's all been an evolution of style, really."
His connection with the fans:
"I consider myself very fortunate," Bryan said. "There's nobody on this planet skilled enough to warrant that kind of response. It was a natural and organic response from the fans. The fans really like me. How do you explain that? I don't know...my connection with the crowd and the way the crowd got so behind me and into this whole thing made it seem much bigger than me. I was just this conduit for the fans to be able to get out all these emotions."
Bryan’s style compared to Triple H:
"Triple H and I have very different styles. The fans would not be happy if I did a Triple H match. And likewise, they would not have been happy with Hunter doing a Daniel Bryan match. Especially when it comes to WrestleMania," Bryan said. "And that's where it really gets interesting. To me, the funnest part of wrestling is creatively putting together a match. Especially when you have two guys that have so many different ideas. We had so many ideas to choose from, and we just had to decide, 'What story do we want to tell the crowd?'
"We also knew that I was going on to wrestle a second match. So it couldn't be the kind of match where I'd be nearly dead, because then the next match wouldn't be realistic. But there still had to be some steam there in the first match. It was Hunter bringing all of his great ideas and me bringing all of my great ideas and us saying, 'Let's make this something special.'"
Triple H getting chillbumps when thinking about Daniel Bryan story:
"During his entrance—when the whole crowd was doing the 'Yes' chant—that was the blowaway moment for me," Triple H said. "I can't express to you, for me, as a performer and as a guy who helped craft that story, what it meant. I remember after my entrance and waiting for him the ring with Steph seeing 80,000 people doing the 'Yes' chant and thinking, 'Dude, did this work or what?'
"I lean over to Steph, and I said, 'Look at that.' What a story. And even just thinking about it now, I get chillbumps. To be able to take that 10-month arc of a story and have it pay off for Daniel Bryan—who on every level is just the nicest guy and a guy you just want to help succeed—for every reason you just want him to be big, and then here it is. And man, it's huge. And you're just like, 'Yeah!'"
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