WWE star Daniel Bryan says he can't shave his beard, he feels like his life is lived in public, and it feels like he's character watching his life unfold when the fans chant "Yes!"
WWE star Daniel Bryan spoke with the Kansas City Pitch as hype for next Tuesday's Smackdown tapings. You can read the full interview at http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2013/10/09/wwes-bearded-underdog-daniel-bryan-fights-the-power-at-the-sprint-center-tuesday-night?showFullText=true. Among the highlights:
Bryan on shaving his beard: "I don't know if I could shave my beard right now if I wanted to. We're filming Smackdown tonight. Imagine if I just showed up to the arena tonight clean-shaven, how mad everyone would be. [Laughs.] It's no longer something that I can control myself. I have to accept that this is what I am."
Bryan on separating his personal and professional lives: "It does feel like I live my life for the public as opposed to myself, which is very different from how I lived my life before I came to WWE. Before, I would wrestle all over the world, but then I could go back to my little house in Aberdeen, Washington, and just be me, just be a normal human, and nobody recognized me. I didn't have to live up to any sort of public persona. Now, even going to the grocery store, people will come up to you, and they expect you to be this character that they've seen on TV, whether it's from Total Divas or wrestling. And the truth is, I'm neither. I'm just this normal dude."
Bryan on the fans chanting "Yes!": It's so bizarre. It feels like it's not even real. It feels like it's not my life. It feels like I am a character watching my life unfold, and I'm walking down and looking at all of these people and I'm doing the motion myself, but I'm also looking at them going, 'What are these people doing? Why are they doing it with me?' Sometimes you get that moment of complete escapism, where it's almost like I'm looking down on myself in this arena as all this is going on, going, 'What did I do to deserve something as awesome as this?'"
Shore's Slant: The whole interview is very good and talks more about his engagement and pending wedding to Brie Bella.
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