Daniel Bryan talks about bringing back the King of the Ring, his in-ring style, more
In a recent interview with Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald, Daniel Bryan spoke about wanting to be the top performer on Smackdown!, which is back to airing on Thursday nights.
Bryan addressed a number of topics including the advice from the WWE management on toning down his in-ring style and bringing back the ‘King of the Ring’ style format, which used to be a staple of the WWE programming not too long ago. He is slated to face Kane on Smackdown this week, to keep his spot in the Royal Rumble.
“They have told me, ‘Hey, maybe you shouldn’t be doing the diving headbutt or this or that,” Bryan said. “I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. We are all individual entities. Not to say I ignore their advice, but you also have to know your own body and where you’re at physically. Part of the thing about coming back is it’s a trial-and-error. If I started doing the top-rope dropkick and notice it jarred me, then it may be something I stay away from. I won’t know until I try. I’m not afraid to go out there and give it my all.”
“I started healing in November, as far as thinking, ‘Wait a second. Things are starting to turn around for the better.’ It was that December episode of Raw I went on to say I was finally able to be cleared by WWE where they said, ‘You’re ready to go.’”
Bryan was vocal about wanting to be ‘The Face of Smackdown’
“I’ve been very open about that with management, and told them, ‘Let me be the face of Smackdown, give me the opportunity to show what I can do and by the end of the year Smackdown will be getting just as many viewers as Raw if not more.’”
“I would like to have the King of the Ring tournament on Smackdown. The King of the Ring tournament is something that the WWE used to do on a usual basis, and they’ve gotten away from it.” He added, “One, I love tournaments. Two, I think if you do the tournament exclusively on Smackdown the fans will get really excited about it and they’ll get geared up for it. Then crowning a King of the Ring champion on Smackdown, I think that would be awesome. That’s one of the many ideas I have for Smackdown in 2015.”