Wrestlers' wrestlers on wrestlers' wrestlers

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August 01, 2013

Daniel Bryan

ON WHAT MAKES A WRESTLERS’ WRESTLER:

Part of it, to me, is the grittiness. There are people who can do fancy reversals. Guys who are tough and aren’t afraid to get into it and brawl and fight a little bit. But then just wrestle and take somebody down.

ON WHO HE CONSIDERS TO BE A WRESTLER’S WRESTLER:

It’s interesting, because there are a lot of people that WWE fans wouldn’t know. The first people I think of are Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, those types. In England, there’s so many. I think of guys like Johnny Saint and in Japan there’s [Tatsumi] Fujinami. There are just so many guys over there who are wrestlers’ wrestlers. To me, that’s awesome.

ON FACING JOHNNY SAINT:

Johnny Saint is somebody who does fancy reversals, but what made him a wrestlers’ wrestler is when he’d get gritty with his wrestling. He entertained people through wrestling. He knew a million different holds. He’d go out there and always have fantastic matches. I wrestled him when he was 60-something years old and was still absolutely phenomenal in the ring. He was so good at what he did, technique-wise. There were a lot of old English wrestlers who were like that. He’s still around and he’s still doing his thing. It’s pretty cool.

ON HIS ADMIRATION FOR BILLY ROBINSON:

When you talk to older wrestlers, they don’t necessarily like Billy Robinson – maybe because he took liberties in the ring. But when I think of a wrestler, I think of Billy Robinson. He’d wrestle and be kind of mean about it, but then he’d get ready to fight like he was going to box. He was ready to go. He was a cool wrestlers’ wrestler.

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