Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan spoke to Sports Illustrated recently to promote his newly released book and spoke about his relationship with Vince McMahon, Triple H. Here are the highlights.
On not being Vince McMahon's prototypical star:
"It's never bothered me mentally knowing that I was not what Vince McMahon was looking for, or even that I'm not necessarily what Triple H is looking for. That's never bothered me, because I'm not pursuing being great in Vince's eyes. I'm pursuing the things that make me happy, and that's really helped me along the way."
On if Triple H or Vince McMahon like him:
"But most of entertainment is full of people who are doing it for themselves, and this is rewarding for me. So if Vince McMahon likes me or doesn't like me, that doesn't change what wrestling is to me. If Triple H likes me or doesn't like me, that doesn't change my passion. There have been times when I walked into the 'Gorilla position' after a match and everyone is clapping. Internally, I'm thinking, 'Why is everyone clapping? That was rotten.' There have also been times when I came back and I've been really proud of what I've done, and everyone doesn't care and were too busy looking down at their phones. That doesn't bother me. It's really satisfying to me as far as doing something that I love to do."
You can read the full interview at this link.