You better not say “No!” to Daniel Bryan.
On July 17, 2013, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan competed in a no-disqualification match on WWE Monday Night Raw. A few minutes into the bout, Bryan sustained a “stinger,” a neck injury that causes numbness in the upper-arms. Ringside doctors stepped in to stop the match before its conclusion.
Following the match, the infuriated Bryan had words with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s son-in-law, Triple H, which nearly ended in a physical altercation between the two.
On SiriusXM’s Opie Radio, Bryan spoke about the incident, and explained why he reacted the way he did.
“This was going to be probably the biggest win of my career, up to that point,” said Bryan. “I’ve finished a match after detaching my retina. I did an hour-long match where five minutes in I separated my shoulder and my shoulder was just there, and I finished the rest of the match. And keep in mind that this wasn’t in front of thousands of people; this was in front of hundreds of people. So I’ve had this mentality of, ‘You don’t stop my matches.’”
Bryan then admitted that he was wrong in the situation.
“They’re more conscious of looking out for the competitors,” Bryan said. “I acknowledge that I was in the wrong. Just being wrong doesn’t make you any less angry, right? Like, how many people are wrong unjustifiably, you know what I mean? And that was me in that moment.”
Bryan also joined SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio and gave an update and future in professional wrestling.
“I have told [WWE] that regardless of them, if they won’t clear me, we’re independent contractors in theory, and I will wrestle again,” Bryan said. “I had a sit-down meeting with Vince and Hunter about this, and said, ‘This is is my passion. I understand why you guys wouldn’t clear me but we only get, as far as we know, one life.’”