Daniel Bryan Discusses His In-Ring Return, Facing Brock Lesnar At WrestleMania, & Lots More


Daniel Bryan spoke with NOLA.com about his return to Raw next week. Check out the highlights:

On whether he’ll get in the ring: “One of the wonderful things about Raw is you never know what to expect. I’m ready to come back. I feel like right now, physically I’m better than ever. So whatever happens, whether it be a match or whether I’m doing an interview, I expect to be better than I’ve ever been.”

On a potential match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania: “Brock Lesnar is also supposed to be on (Monday’s) show. And to me, that’s still my championship. My dream match for WrestleMania this year is if Brock Lesnar keeps the title and I win the Royal Rumble, and I wrestle Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 31 for the WWE championship. That’s the match I want. That’s the match that I’ve been thinking about this entire time that I’ve been injured.”

On being away from the ring: “It was very frustrating. There were times when I actually did doubt whether I’d be able to come back. … There were several doctors who said as much. They thought that I wouldn’t be able to come back.”

On nearly undergoing a second surgery: “It was like, ‘Wow. I’m actually getting better.’ At the beginning of December, some parts of my right arm were even stronger than my left, which is pretty incredible given how long the nerve had been damaged.”

On his condition: “Functionally, I feel great. My movement is great. Overall, I feel good. I didn’t have any hesitation (in the ring), there was nothing that I did before that I can’t do now. Not only that, mentally I’ve been recharged. I’m going to be better than ever.”

On returning to New Orleans where he won the WWE Title: “It was the greatest moment of my career. It’s pretty incredible and pretty surreal, the whole thing. … I love New Orleans. One of the coolest things about the city is the culture, and I can’t wait to go back on Monday. It’s going to be a blast…Being injured for as long as I’ve been, it’s really hard on you mentally. Especially since wrestling has been my creative outlet ever since I’ve been an adult. And so to be able to come back at the same place where I had essentially what’s the fondest memory I have of wrestling is incredible.”

On being a WWE main eventer: “I don’t know how my life got to be like this. I honestly don’t get it. I’m just a normal dude. I was never a special athlete. I wasn’t great at any sports or anything like that. And now an arena full of people were chanting, ‘You deserve it.’ And I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it. It’s awesome to be a part of something like that.”

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