Daniel Bryan recently gave an interview to AlternativeNation and one of the most eyebrow-raising parts had to do with the boss man himself, Vince McMahon.
Asked about the interview with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin from several weeks ago, where McMahon noted that millennials were not ambitious enough or “willing to grab the brass rings,” Bryan took issue and noted that McMahon’s way of doing things is “the reason that the world is messed up.”
In answering the question, Daniel Bryan shed some light on the WWE and its internal workings regarding talent.
The leader of the Yes Movement and the company’s biggest active star said that WWE gives a “personality test with some of their more successful superstars, where they rank you on all of these scores, like your desire for power, and your personality, and all that kind of stuff.”
“One of the things they ranked was ambition, and it’s funny, because in this personality assessment, I got the lowest score for ambition that the lady had ever seen. So they do it on a percentile basis, so from 0 to 100, I was in the bottom 1 percentile of ambition.”
Bryan said that the woman giving the exam found it remarkable that he was as successful as he was without having any ambition.
“I said, ‘Well, that’s where there’s a flaw on the test. I have no ambition for what society says is important as far as things like money, and all that kind of stuff.’ What I am ambitious about is I want to be the best wrestler that I can possibly be, and I think there’s some sort of mistake in generations, as far as what he [Vince] thinks as far as our generation lacking ambition.”
Daniel Bryan believes that millennials are ambitious but they want different things than what McMahon’s generation wanted.
“There’s an older generation of people who say, ‘No, you guys should want this, you guys should want this, you guys should want this.’ Whereas our generation, a lot of us say, ‘No, we don’t want that, we want something different, and a lot of the things that you guys wanted, are the reason that the world is messed up. We need to change our value system.’ So that’s it, that’s a very different take on what’s going on.”
Bryan also felt that comparisons to the Attitude Era level of ambition that Vince made were flawed because during that era, the guys had options and that things would have been that different “if there wasn’t a WCW.”
“Like guys could say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do this. If you want to fire me fine, because I’m going to go to WCW and make just as much money.’ That doesn’t exist right now.”
While it’s hard to argue with what Daniel Bryan has to say there, the truth may not be the best thing for his wrestling career.
After WWE was pretty much forced into giving him the belt at WrestleMania 30 from overwhelming fan support, they had planned to bury him in a SummerSlam squash match against Brock Lesnar.
John Cena ended up filling that role when Bryan was injured, so Bryan’s scrappy character managed to avoid being buried again (for the time being). But now that he’s back, Vince and company will have another chance to use him how they see fit, and that may not be the way his fans want.
If WWE does botch the return of Daniel Bryan, fans may be glad to know CM Punk thinks he’d be a good fit in MMA since he has extensive martial arts training and he did take out a burglar who entered his home last year.
Still, as Bryan notes to AlternativeNation, that’s “just not my personality type.”
What do you think about the comments of Daniel Bryan, readers? Ill-advised or no?