DANIEL BRYAN OPENS UP ON TITLE FEUD, AJ, MORE The RCWR Show May 19, 2012 News Daniel Bryan caught up with IGN.com over the weekend before he takes on CM Punk for the WWE title. Bryan talked about the YES! chants, his match with CM Punk at Over the Limit and his relationship with AJ, among other topics. He also revealed what Vince McMahon thought about the fact he’s a vegan when he first heard about it. Here are highlights: Daniel Bryan On the past six months of his career: “It’s been crazy. It’s been a lot of fun. I went from being a guy who was sparingly being used on television to being the World Heavyweight Champion and the focus of a lot of the storylines on Smackdown. And now I’m in a big match for the WWE Championship on a Pay-Per-View and it’s unreal.” Daniel Bryan On his first World title feuds being against Big Show and Mark Henry: “No, I never thought that if I was going to be the champion in the WWE that those would be my first opponents. My first feuds. Especially because I also felt like I didn’t match up very well with those guys. But then it seems to me that both of those feuds went very well. And I was thrilled to wrestle those guys because it forces me to go outside my usual box. You know, I could go out there and wrestle CM Punk and have a fantastic match, but that’s along my normal line of thinking. Wrestling someone like Big Show requires a totally different style. And for me that was fun.” Daniel Bryan On his on-screen relationships with AJ Lee helping him move past a nerd persona: “Yeah, I do. But I think the origin of me and AJ was part of the whole nerd persona. The idea that we were both nerds. Because it started before I was the World Heavyweight Champion and they just started throwing these little thing at me and her backstage and we were supposed to be really awkward. So the idea still started with “Oh, he’s a nerd.” But now it’s evolved into something that’s way better.” Read more of the piece here.