Click here for the first part of the interview, where Daniels discussed breaking into the business, working for the WWF and WCW, growing up as a wrestling fan, his most serious injury and much more.
Part two of the interview is at this link, where Daniels talked about working for ROH, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk's WWE success, starting with TNA, Sting, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff joining TNA, Vince Russo's criticism of him, his TNA departure in 2010 and much more.
Wrestling Inc: When you returned to TNA [in 2010] you were feuding with Fortune, but it feels like it wasn't until you were paired with Bad Influence that your personality came out and people really saw how entertaining you could be. It seems like it's taken a while for a character to come where that could really be shown. Would you agree with that?
Daniels: Well what happened was, Vince Russo was in charge when I came back and I think Vince only ever saw me as AJ Styles' friend, and so that was basically how I was cast when he was there. So I didn't, like I was doing stuff with Fortune against Immortal then, but it was always in a supporting capacity to AJ. Once Vince left and they turned me heel, I decided that I was just going to go out there and have fun and be myself. It wasn't until after he was gone that I had the support from the creative guys, guys like Eric [Bischoff], the creative guys David Lagana and Matt Conway, who are writing, and Jason Hervey, who was one of the backstage producers. It wasn't until then, I started getting feedback from those guys in terms of what they thought worked and what they thought didn't, and I started doing stuff and bouncing ideas off of them, and that's when I started getting more and more opportunities on the microphone.
Wrestling Inc: You mentioned Fortune. It seemed like there was something there and it seemed like it ended too quickly. What were your thoughts on that?
Daniels: I was actually fine with when Fortune ended, for me, because I was never really one of the original members, so for me to sort of turn with AJ, that felt fine with me. I think that they saw, especially guys like Bobby [Roode] and James [Storm], I think that they saw an opportunity for those guys to go off on singles careers, and especially in Bobby's case, to actually run as a singles rather than the tag team, which is what they were in Fortune could be. So once they split those guys up, there wasn't really much of a point to keep the other three guys together. And it wasn't until right after that that Frankie and I got together as a tag team. So it ended up working out for everybody, I thought.
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