The following are highlights of a new Sports Illustrated interview with Daniel Bryan:
On his status: “I’d like to return to the ring tomorrow. It’s not an issue of how I feel—I feel great—it’s an issue of getting cleared. That’s a process that is somewhat out of my hands. I’m trying. I don’t want to push, push, push. I’ve made my statement to WWE, but they’re going to listen to their doctors. I’m trying to do it as soon as possible, but they’re looking out for my best interests, so I’m trying to be a little bit patient with them.”
“I suffered a concussion in April, and I’m trying to get cleared back from that. It was during a six-man tag match, and I don’t remember if it happened during a particular move, but it was during the trip to Europe.”
On being inspired by Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman: “Paul’s very in touch with what’s going on in the world. He also sees the changes that wrestling needs to make to be more viable to more people. I would never describe myself as a genius, but I am not afraid to follow people who are geniuses, who know more than me about certain things. He’s just very creative, very smart, and on top of things. People say that Paul Heyman is a genius, and the same can be said about Vince McMahon. Paul and Vince just have different ideas.”
On who he thinks the best in the business right now: “Cesaro in the ring is as good as anybody out there in WWE. If you’re talking the entire wrestling world, there is a guy in New Japan [Pro Wrestling] that I really love watching named Shinsuke Nakamura. He’s awesome and really fun to watch. But in terms of the WWE, in ring, I love watching Cesaro.”
Check out the complete interview at SI.com.
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