Daniel Bryan Talks About the WrestleMania 31 Ladder Match, WWE Fans Changing Plans, More
– Daniel Bryan recently spoke with IGN to promote WWE’s new Flintstones movie. Below are highlights:
IGN: The fans took your elimination from the Royal Rumble really hard. It made headlines.
Bryan: I mean, I was more disappointed than anyone else, I think. [laughs] Because to go from the top where your headlining a show like WrestleMania and then come back and you’re in a spot where you don’t have anything certain for WrestleMania. It’s hard. As a WWE Superstar, sometimes you think “Okay, I know the lay of the land.” It’s going to be these matches and these matches and these matches at WrestleMania. And so if you’re not in that batch…my situation was this. I was either going to be in the main event of WrestleMania or I was going to be fifth or sixth from the top. And it’s a huge difference, you know what I mean? So it was pretty disappointing.
IGN: Fan rage actually changed the storyline for you in the space between the Rumble and Fastlane pay-per-views.
Bryan: I think that’s one of the coolest parts about our job. In no other place do fans have this much power. Last year the fans definitely affected change for me as far what they did. I was never supposed to be thought of for that spot. And so the fans were the ones who pushed and made their voices heard. And that’s powerful. And that kind of power is special and something that makes the WWE completely unique.
IGN: It hasn’t sorted itself out on TV yet, but it seems like you might be a part of the Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title. How would you feel about that?
Bryan: I’d be thrilled. I’d love it. To me, right now, the Intercontinental Title stuff is some of the funnest stuff on television. As far as the WWE goes and the stories. You have a lot of skilled performers who are getting to be in it, and going back to the thing we said before, about reaching different demographics, R-Truth has been hilarious during this whole thing. Like, trying to constantly steal the Intercontinental Championship and all that kind of stuff. And when you’re in a Ladder Match with a bunch of other people, it’s different than everything else on the show. So you really have the chance to go out there and not only be highlighted, but also actually steal the show.