WWE Smackdown Live star Daniel Bryan recently spoke with IGN after news broke that Bryan would be featured in the WWE 2K19 Showcase Mode, and below are some interview highlights.
On what kind of goals he has in WWE:
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“Yes, but they’re creative goals,” he explained. “So they’re not along the lines of ‘Okay, time to main event WrestleMania 35!’ It’s not stuff like that. Creating goals like that are very difficult in WWE and can often leave you disappointed because you don’t have control over a lot of things. The one thing I do have control over is my performance. And so I have artistic goals I’m trying to reach and places I’d like to go with my wrestling and my character. And even that sometimes is going up against the creative machine and what they want for you vs. what you want for yourself. That’s a constant whirlwind and back-and-forth trade off and whatnot. So I do have those types of goals but they’re not main eventing WrestleMania or winning the Rumble or things you don’t have any say in.”
On his feud with The Miz:
“As much as I dislike him, I think he would have a very interesting Showcase Mode. Especially coming from The Real World. This is a reality TV star who started on The Real World talking about pro-wrestling. And then he actually trained himself, he went to a school in Southern California, and then when WWE saw he was serious about it all they scooped him up. But he was not respected a lot in the locker room at first. When you talk to him he’ll tell you that he had to change outside of the locker room because they’d kicked him out. Part of it has to do with his personality, which is part of the reason I want to punch him in the face, but he has a very unique story as to how he got to where he is. He’s had a lot of ups and downs, even from the time when he was accepted in the locker room. He main-evented WrestleMania and since then has had these tremendous up and down swings and those are interesting things to look at when conceiving a Showcase Mode.”