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Daniel Bryan Says He’s Not in the Main Event at WrestleMania Because He’s Facing a B-Plus Player

April 6, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Sky Sports recently interviewed WWE World champion Daniel Bryan ahead of WrestleMania 35. He took his opponent Kofi Kingston to task for not knocking down doors to get to the top of WWE. Below are some highlights.

Daniel Bryan on Kofi Kingston: “Do you know what you need to do to be at the top at WWE? Do you know what you need to do to get to the top? The same thing I did. You have to knock down doors, and Kofi Kingston has been sitting there, waiting outside that door for 11 years. And Xavier Woods, no matter how smart he is, he can’t knock down that door for him, and Big E, no matter how strong he is, he can’t knock down that door for him. And all these people who chant, ‘Kofi, Kofi, Kofi’, they can’t knock down that door for him. And if he hasn’t done it after 11 years, he’s certainly not gonna do it on Sunday.”

Daniel Bryan on Seth Rollins: “Seth Rollins. He won the Royal Rumble, right? He should go after the best champion. You know who the best champion is? It’s Daniel Bryan. That’s the match I should’ve been in. The winner of the Royal Rumble should’ve challenged the greatest wrestler on planet Earth, which is Daniel Bryan, the WWE champion. But you know what? He’s afraid. He knows that Brock Lesnar has a problem against high-flying guys and fast-moving guys and all that kind of stuff. And that’s why he didn’t go against me because we’ve wrestled each other a ton in WWE, in Ring of Honor, in the independents, and you know what happened? I beat him nearly every single time.”

Bryan on the main event at WrestleMania 35: “Every match I’m in should be the main event. I don’t begrudge the women being in the main event because realistically, I’m going against a B+ player. If I were going against like the elite, the top guys in our industry, the greatest guys in WWE, then I’d be in the main event. But even the biggest superstars in the world, Floyd Mayweather, you put him against a nobody in a boxing match, it’s just not gonna draw, right? That’s the problem that I’m going against Kofi Kingston, and all the WWE hardcore fans, they all love Kofi Kingston because of all this time he spent in WWE. And we think he really deserves it! Right? That word, deserve it. But guess what? People who think that they deserve it, they don’t draw box office. That’s why I’m not in the main event. Not because I’m not good enough. Not because the women are so outlandishly good. The reason I’m not in the main event? I’m fighting a B+ player.”

Daniel Bryan will face Kofi Kingston tomorrow at WrestleMania 35. The event is set for April 7 at MetLife Stadium in Eas Rutherford, New Jersey. The event will be broadcast live on the WWE Network.

If using any of the above quotes, please credit Sky Sports with a h/t for 411mania.com for the transcription.