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Daniel Bryan: Younger Guys Should Be Prioritized Over Old-Timers


Leave it to the world's angriest vegan to keep stirring up some manure.

Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan was in Singapore recently to spread the good word on some of his personal advocacies, but that didn't mean he had nothing to say about the world of professional wrestling.

Yahoo! Singapore got some time to speak with Bryan over several hot topics, including his point-of-view on how the WWE should be managing TV airtime between its hot young up-and-comers and older part-timers.

Some wrestlers have long careers and wrestle long into their 40s. Sometimes young wrestlers get left off cards like WrestleMania because of old guys coming back. In my opinion, if they had brought back guys like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage back when The Rock and Stone Cold were starting out, The Rock would have never become The Rock, and Stone Cold would have never become Stone Cold. [But] at WrestleMania, people still wanna see The Undertaker. This is kind of a balancing act. Although we are bringing back part-time wrestlers like Brock Lesnar and older wrestlers, I would like to see more young guys in higher positions in the card.


That's not to say he holds the old fogies in disdain; when asked to mention who his favorites from the past generations were, he was more than happy to name-drop a few—including some surprising influences.

My idols have changed over time. When I was a kid, I liked the Ultimate Warrior. When I watch the Ultimate Warrior now, I don’t think he’s a technically good wrestler. He doesn’t have a good hammerlock, but I realize when watching him now that he had an incredible energy and an incredible intensity. That’s what draws you to him. 
Later on, I liked anybody who came out with an animal, like Jake the Snake and Koko B. Ware, because I love animals. And then I moved to like smaller wrestlers like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Then WCW started bringing in international wrestlers. Rey Mysterio is 5'3" and he was the cruiserweight champion at 135 pounds. Watching him at 15 years old gave me hope that I could be a wrestler too. After I trained with Shawn Michaels, I was trained by William Regal, and I respect his willingness to embrace comedy stuff. He’s such a great technical wrestler, but he doesn’t have an ego. I, too, eventually went through the same cycle—when I was in Team Hell No with Kane, I was the butt of jokes, but that was a lot of fun.

And just in case the WWE decides to bring some fantasy booking to life, Daniel Bryan reiterated an intriguing possibility when asked which non-WWE wrestler he'd love to meet in the ring.

I’d love to bring Shinsuke Nakamura over. I love Shinsuke and I’ve known him for ages. What I love about his style is that he incorporates facets of reality into his matches.

Swagsuke versus the American Dragon in 2016? We know a few wrestling fanboys that would get their jocks up in a twist over that match.



But here's the elephant in the room: Will we ever see him in a WWE ring again? The ultra-popular Bryan did leave us some tantalizing possibilities.

Because of my history with concussions, the WWE medical doctor wouldn’t clear me ... We’re in the process of trying to figure out some compromise. They keep sending me to do more tests, brain MRIs, brain EGs and all my tests have come back great to the point where my brain is better than someone my age with no concussion.

We normally hate the word "compromise," but in this case we'll take it. 

Do you think we'll ever see Daniel Bryan in a WWE ring again? And do you agree with his perspective that younger wrestlers should be bumped up instead of exposure being given to older returnees like the Dudley Boyz and Rhyno—or even Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, Henrinites!

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