Enjoy the ride because you never know how long it will last.
For Daniel Bryan, that’s exactly what he’s doing, and the WWE Universe is enjoying it with him.
“It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s just surreal,” Bryan said. “It feels like yesterday I was wrestling at the armories in front of 200, 300 people. Now being in these big stories in WWE and main eventing pay-per-views, I’ve main evented every show I’ve been on the last two months, it’s pretty surreal, and to do it in front of large crowds on such big shows, it’s awesome.”
The bearded wonder will headline another WWE show, and this time is WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday, Oct. 27 from a memorable location for Bryan, the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
The AAA elicits a couple of memories for him, one fond and one not so much.
He’s hoping for another fond recollection after facing Randy Orton for the WWE title in a Hell in a Cell.
The Hell in a Cell is a 24-foot-high roofed cell (enclosed steel cage) structure surrounding the ring and ringside area. In a Hell in a Cell match, there are no disqualifications or countouts (also no escape). It’s also a good way to prevent outside interference like what occurred at Battleground.
The only way to win Hell in a Cell is by pinfall or submission inside the ring.
WWE fans voted HBK Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee for the Bryan/Orton confrontation. Shawn Michaels, who trained Bryan, is best buds with Triple H.
Bryan, 32, from Aberdeen, Wash., spent 10 years honing his skills and paying his dues on the indie circuit, including a strong run with multi-star matches in Ring of Honor, before being signed by WWE in 2009. It’s been a roller-coaster ride in WWE, but he is currently enjoying the upward climb and the posing challenges in the ring and out.
He recently got engaged to WWE diva Brie Bella of “Total Divas” fame. “Total Divas” is a reality (sort of) television show on the E! network, following the lives of several WWE divas.
Since Bryan is with Brie Bella, he’s occasionally part of the show.
“That’s been a little bit stranger than anything else because I never had any interest in reality television,” Bryan said. “It’s something that kind of fell into my lap because of who I’m with [Total Divas star Brie Bella]. I’m very fortunate, actually, because mostly they follow around Brie, and I just happen to be a bystander who occasionally gets filmed.”
Does “Total Divas” mean something to women’s wrestling?
“I hope it does,” Bryan said. “As of now, I don’t know where it’s at because the audiences are so different, but I would like to think it’s going to bring more female fans to WWE to watch the divas because the divas are really good at what they do. So I’m hoping that cross-section starts coming over. That would be great.”
What’s more nerve-wracking? Getting ready to hit the ring at WrestleMania or getting ready to give the ring when popping the question?
“Oh, I was way more nervous to pop the question,” Bryan chuckled, “way more nervous to pop the question. You would think it would be the opposite, in front of 70,000 people, going out there in your spandex, but absolutely not. Popping the question was way more nerve-wracking.”