DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Daniel Bryan appeared on the Toucher & Rich Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, "Boston's number one home for sports", to hype up Sunday's (Sept. 16) WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV).
Bryan shone in the interview, weaving in great stories of his past whilst making the hosts laugh their asses off. I strongly encourage you to give the whole thing a listen if you have 15 minutes to spare. If you're looking for the quick highlights, though, we've got you covered:
- Being in the ring while Jerry Lawler suffered his heart attack, and assuming something was going on with the fans in the audience before finally learning what had actually occurred.
- Never having a meeting with Vince McMahon about his WWE name, leaving him to come up with one on his own. Bryan offered Buddy Peacock and "other names that cannot be said on the air" before William Regal finally recommended Daniel Bryan.
- Spending time in the indies to hone his craft in order to break into WWE and how that time helped immensely when he was finally able to get on television.
- Still having to wrestle after getting punched in the eye by a "350-pound Japanese man" who fractured his orbital bone and detached his retina.
- Being fired after choking out a ring announcer with a tie, and not being informed of the "PG" guidelines.
- The differences between sports entertainment and pro wrestling, and how sports entertainment is much better when you are producing eight hours of television a week.
- No longer being a vegan after developing a soy intolerance, while CM Punk apparently gave it up because the lifestyle was "unsustainable" for him while spending so much time on the road.
- Getting grief in Japan for having a cookie eating contest with a fellow wrestler instead of pounding back shots like the old-timers would.
It's a fun conversation, and it always helps when the hosts know what they are talking about. It is definitely worth listening to the whole thing.
The entire interview after the jump.
Only the first 15 minutes are involving Daniel Bryan's interview, although the player indicates 60 minutes.