Mick Foley Speaks Out – Daniel Bryan, WWE Network, More


In an interview with RVAMag, Mick Foley talked about Daniel Bryan, the WWE Network and more. Here are some additional highlights from our earlier report:

On being comfortable with his comedy shows: “I’m really comfortable now. I really started to become far more comfortable when I started to realize I wasn’t a comedian. I was much more of a storyteller. Once I took the pressure of myself to try and create as many laughs as I could, and instead focused on making the stories as interesting as I could, as well as realized that most of those stories had to revolve around my career in wrestling, I became far more comfortable. After that, the shows improved dramatically almost immediately.”

On Daniel Bryan being more over than he ever was: “Thank you, I will admit to that, but I was never the guy. The being really in big capital letters. He is THE guy. People are showing up specifically to cheer him on and follow him on this journey. My title victory over The Rock was importantly historically because of the number of people who switched channels to WWE from WCW during what we called The Monday Night Wars. But I was always like the third or fourth guy. I had a lot of layers to the characters and put a lot of myself into those characters so that people could make an emotional connection. I’m beyond flattered and thankful that people still remember me so fondly fourteen years after I stopped wrestling full-time, but I was never as popular at any given point or time as Daniel is right now and I will stand by that completely.”

On if he’s tried out the WWE Network: “Yes, I did and it’s tremendous. I think that it’s a win-win for everybody. Obviously, it’s a win for WWE, but it’s also a win for me and my children who get to check out anything we want at any time. Although Thursday night, the PlayStation 3 was not cooperating with us so we were not able to the NXT show. In the long run, I think it really helps guys like me by exposing what we did to an entire new generation of fans. There was a similar feeling I think when my DVD, For All Mankind, came out just about a year ago. There was a generation of people who had only heard the name and couldn’t figure out why this sloppy looking guy carrying quite an extra bit of weight was such a big deal. The DVD gave them the chance to say, “Oh, I get it!” I think the Network will do the same thing for me over the course of time. Allow an entirely new generation to get it. To get me.”

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