His initial thoughts after he found out that he would be facing John Cena for the WWE title at SummerSlam: "It was incredible and humbling. I have been wresting for a long time and most of the time it was in front of very small crowds who couldn't care less about who was coming out there. I have wrestled in front of 13 people! And just hearing the reaction of the people in Brooklyn who were shouting 'Yes! Yes!' – it was very surreal. Like 'is this really my life?'"
His game plan against John Cena for SummerSlam: "I can't stray too far from what I normally do. I'll make sure to do a lot of my kick boxing and grappling for training but then also just prepare cardio-wise for what's going to be happening. A lot of the John Cena's matches go about 30 minutes so a lot of that is just being prepared physically for something like that. Nerves are always good and play a factor in big WWE match but Summer Slam is by far the biggest event of my career so I'm really excited about it."
His relationship with CM Punk: "It's interesting because CM Punk and I have a lot in common personally, yet we are very different. He is very brash and kind of says whatever he feels. I'm more laid back and not the most outgoing person. But we have a certain respect for each other. I have been on shows that Punk drove 14 or 15 hours for from Chicago to get paid 100 bucks. We've done those shows in front of 30 people together. It's a long road for guys like us to get here. I'm always astounded. There was that December PPV when I had cashed in my Money in the Bank contract to beat Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship and Punk had retained his WWE title that same night. We used to work on the indies together and then there we were, both champions. No one really thought we could do it. It's very cool and surreal."
Bryan also discussed working with Kane, Mick Foley's recent comments about him, his best matches and more. You can read the full interview here.
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