Daniel Bryan Criticizes WWE's Long-Term Storytelling Abilities, Dream WrestleMania Opponent

Daniel Bryan recently appeared as a guest on the Gorilla Position podcast for an in-depth interview. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview, which you can watch in full via the video embedded above.

On his relationship with The Miz: "I would describe The Miz as somebody who doesn't know when to shut his mouth, who doesn't know when things get taken too far. I can be accused of the same thing as well if you look at that Talking [Smack] -- I said some pretty derogatory things toward him. I was in the midst of this and I had two options, I was either gonna punch him in the face and honestly the reason he said those things is he knew I wanted to quit. He knew I wanted to leave and do the independents if they weren't gonna clear me. I had said these things in interviews. He said 'hey if you really believe these things then why don't you go do it?' The thing is I had asked for my release and they didn't give it to me. There was this rage there and it was like, I'm gonna punch this guy in the face or I'm gonna walk off.

"You will see because you are going to interview him shortly after this the difference in how he shows up here and how I show up here. I'm not saying the way he shows up is negative, but we have completely opposite worldviews, right? Completely opposite personalities and so because of that and because we've worked in such close conjunction for so long we know how to get under each other's skin in a way that is sometimes good, it's good for wrestling and it's sometimes bad as far as like having to be around each other."

On a potential WrestleMania match against The Miz with a legitimate slow-burn storyline build to the showdown: "I am definitely up for it. You ask me that question, I will answer with a question: do you trust WWE telling that story from now until WrestleMania 35? What in the last several years has shown to you that something like that is possible [in WWE]? If something accidentally happens and they've got no control over it, it's possible that it can happen.

"I think that would be awesome. I think it would be something the fans would be excited to see. Whether or not we can prolong because people wanna see me punch Miz in the face. I wanna punch Miz in the face. Whether we can prolong that on television for that period of time, I don't know."

On his dream opponent for WrestleMania 35: "If you're talking one dream match it would be Brock Lesnar, WrestleMania 35 in Seattle Washington. Because that I think would be the ultimate David and Goliath underdog story in front of a hometown crowd that would be rabid for that. So that would be my dream match and even if it wasn't WrestleMania, if it was just in Seattle it would be super cool."

Check out the complete Daniel Bryan interview from the Gorilla Position podcast via the video embedded above, or by going to YouTube.com.