As seen in the video above, current WWE Champion Daniel Bryan was a guest on Arizona's 12 News prior to this Sunday's WWE Royal Rumble. Apart from encouraging fans to come watch the event live, Bryan would find himself in a heated exchange with Arizona Diamondbacks infielder, Cody Decker over one another's beard quality.
"You're not so big," Bryan told Decker. "Yeah, I was talking about punching people in the face. I don't think you've got what it takes, little man."
"I'm sorry, your beard is nice, your beard is pleasant, but have you seen this thing?" Decker asked, pointing to his facial hair. "This thing's got a point, yours is just kinda all spl-."
"Okay, okay, okay," Bryan interrupted. "This is the problem with the world - you see this? He calls this a beard. Like a real man would just, like, manicure his beard. Do you see the lines here? Do you see the effort he's put in to this? No real man would put that kind of effort in to a beard. That's called manscaping! Manscaping is a horrible thing in this world! This!" Bryan continued, pointing to his own beard. "This is uncluttered man right here! This is unfiltered manliness."
"I hired a barber! I don't do this on my own - that's ridiculous," Deckner said.
"Yeah, that's what I'm saying, hiring somebody to trim your beard, what kind of bourgeois baseball player are you? Hiring some man to just trim your beard. That's outrageous!" Bryan yelled. "Listen, part of my platform is to fight against stupidity. That's what I'm doing, I'm fighting the world of stupidity. There's all these people doing and saying all these stupid things and I'm trying to fight them all. I can't fight them all on my own! I can't fight 'em all on my own! Stupid beards, stupid things about beads, I can't fight them all on my own! But I'm gonna try because I'm the WWE Champion, I'm Daniel Bryan!"
This actually isn't the first time Bryan has shared strong, confident words with a professional athlete. Last month, Wrestling Inc. covered the exchanges between UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo and Bryan after it was revealed in an interview that Cejudo had a big crush on Nikki Bella. Bryan disapproved of Cejudo and Bella dating, and added, "Guess what? Henry Cejudo, you're not the man that Daniel Bryan is. You fight Daniel Bryan, you go down every time."
You can read the view the full tweets below:
Dear Nikki Bella of the @BellaTwins. My friend @HenryCejudo, Olympic Gold Medalist and UFC flyweight savior, would like to get to know you, like, more than a friend. ??????— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 22, 2019
Full interview: https://t.co/OQw0wYpd2F pic.twitter.com/BSUP7ZDLqG
So my streak of good luck continues thanks to the @BellaTwins ... Nikki there are no more restrictions on my diet , let the wine flow , the moves fly , & our championship belts Unify ... do you smell what The Messenger is cooking . ??????? @ufc @espnmma @BellaTwins @WWE pic.twitter.com/jzArQsXrlK— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) January 22, 2019
Earlier this week, UFC flyweight champion and AZ resident @HenryCejudo made it known he would like to go on a date with Nikki Bella.— ABC15 Sports (@abc15sports) January 25, 2019
Nik'i's brother-in-law, WWE champion and fellow AZ resident @WWEDanielBryan, doesn't seem thrilled with that idea. ?? #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/UtBKZy54gn
@WWEDanielBryan there's enough room in The Valley for a King ?? and a Prince. As Prince, you should know your role & make sure you pour my Bella Radici wine ?? to the rim. PS. Don't get too attached to that @WWE belt, I am on a bit of a roll myself. @ufc @espnmma @arielhelwani https://t.co/66KJAzBzJE— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) January 26, 2019
You can watch the full interview above. If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Arizona 12 News with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.