Source: The Daily World
The Daily World has an interview with Daniel Bryan. Here are some highlights:
Winning the title: "It was crazy. I've been doing this for 12 years and a lot of people thought I couldn't succeed at this. It was vindication, that I reached the top. When people are doubting you that much, sometimes you doubt yourself. It was more retrospective — I can't believe I went through all of that and I'm at this moment."
Becoming a vegan: "I had always eaten pretty well, lots of vegetables and lean meats. But then, all of a sudden, I had all of these issues (high cholesterol and elevated liver enzymes). One of the best things to take care of that, my doctor told me, was to become a vegan. When you do it smart, you'll miss out on some vitamins, but you are healthy. I feel great. I'm eating foods that are easy for the body to digest and I use all of the spare energy."
Being a heel: "I never thought (being a vegan) would turn me into a bad guy. The way we've (incorporated it) it has been kind of fun. It is the personality that makes people hate me — winning my matches by disqualification, cheap ways to win, claiming I'm a role model because I don't eat meat. It all gets under people's skins.
"I've always loved being a bad guy; there's something more fun about it. It always makes me smile. Now, I'll hear my music and (the crowd) instantly starts booing. I have to keep myself from laughing, because it makes me happy."
Defending the title at WrestleMania: "I'm not nervous about the match, but I'm excited about the experience. We're not afraid to hit each other. Some guys like to fight. I like to fight. Sheamus was a bouncer for years. There's something about being in front of a large crowd and getting hit. It fires you up. We want to steal the show, even with Rock vs. Cena (on the card)."