The Pancakes and Powerslams Podcast recently interviewed ROH star Roderick Strong, who discussed his classic feud back in Ring of Honor with the recently retired Daniel Bryan. Below are some highlights.
Strong on his nearly one-hour match with Daniel Bryan in 2005: “That was one of the best things working with Bryan. He could paint a picture really well, and know the next one before he was even done with the first one. We kind of had a vision and it played out the way we wanted it to. I was just nervous. That’s why you do it; to get those nerves, and to overcome them. That was the biggest feeling that I had, because I knew I was going for so long, and I knew I was in there with someone so good, I felt like I could keep up.”
Strong on how the match was led by Bryan: “Me and Bryan always wrestled a lot on field, so that was what we did. That was why that was such a pinnacle part of my career; to be in those situations, and to be led through them to hopefully, one day, be able to do the same thing for somebody else.”
Strong on Bryan’s retirement: “Obviously just doing what we do, it may be something as simple as locking up and bumping heads to give him a concussion. So, I think [him retiring] is good. I think financially it’s the best place he could possibly be, I’m assuming, at this point. He’ll do alright for himself.”
On his most memorable moment with Bryan: “At the end of every match that I had in my feud with him, basically. And beating him for the FIP title was a big accomplishment, because I really don’t think I beat him in Ring of Honor (laughs). Maybe once. I believe I did once.”
Strong on Bryan getting such a big opportunity in WWE and why it was different: “He just earned it. It was his time to go do what he needed to do.”