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Shawn Michaels Denies Speculation That Vince McMahon Lacks Faith In Daniel Bryan

During an interview with the Ministry of Slam podcast two weeks ago, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels acknowledged a recent conversion he had with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon where the 67-year-old said he doesn’t “see money” in a certain, unnamed WWE Superstar. Bryan Alvarez of reported on Friday that according to sources within the sports-entertainment organization, that individual is Daniel Bryan. Michaels, however, is denying online that they were discussing Bryan, and that the individual in question is actually 6’3″ and 250 pounds.

In a response to a Twitter user directing a message to McMahon stating, “Remember when you didn’t have faith in @ShawnMichaels ?…. Bottom line is that @WWEDanielBryan is HOT!,” Michaels responded, “We weren’t speaking of [Daniel Bryan], that was the assumption of net folks. Way off, as usual.”

In response to a query to name the individual in question, Michaels said he would not, but noted that “he’s 6’3 250.” The WWE Hall of Famer later said that those figures may not be exact, as it is his estimate. “Well, I didn’t measure or weigh him, it’s a guess. Therefore, in their eyes I am a LIAR!!!” he said in response to a user guessing the individual as Dolph Ziggler.

Michaels again denied assumptions that he was talking about the Washington native, stating the following in response to outing the individual: “I would have said if I thought relevant. Not [Daniel Bryan] tho.”

Michaels revealed that McMahon is actually high on Bryan. In response to a user labeling the WWE CEO as “stupid” for not firmly backing Bryan, Michaels said, “That isn’t even who we were talking about. [Vince McMahon]’s big on DB. Shame y’all let those folks work you like that. #thinkforyourself.”

As reported earlier, Michaels said in the interview, “I had a conversation a couple of weeks ago with the man in charge and we were talking about a certain individual and he goes, ‘I just don’t see money in him.’ And I said, ‘You said the same thing about me.’ He said, ‘I did not.’ I said, ‘Yes you did!’ (laughs) I said, ‘And it’s okay. It’s just one of those things.'”

Michaels compared McMahon’s views on the unnamed wrestler to himself, as he believes he wasn’t viewed as a “prototypical main event guy” during his rise to the top of WWE.

“I wasn’t your prototypical—heck, I wasn’t anybody’s prototypical main event guy. And I knew that. So, you just do your absolute best,” said Michaels. “Yes, I was very scared and very worried, which had a lot to do with how bad I handled stuff because I spent a great deal of my career waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because it was a very real view of me and my ability and my talent. I’m a firm believer that talent does rise to the top, but you have to be patient. So, I spent a great deal of time worried, intimidated, and concerned that with each passing storyline, it might be the last one.”

  • Iosos Rezorek

    Can We All Say RYBACK, i seen Drew Mcintyre (6’5 254) who to me is an absolute beast, i love the beef he had with kane, showed his skill, and Antonio cesera (6’5 232), even tho he is good he is boring as hell. Me personally i think its ryback (6’3 291), i could be wrong, but they gave this man more push in the last couple years then anyone other than SHEAMUS (6’4 267Lbs). all the times he went for the belt how many times already about 5 or 6 he has never won, then turned heel and still lost. Sheamus is That dude i love him and his Face push is Garbage, Keep him as a Heel, i think drew Mcintyre could be a great wrestler and they shouldnt have took away his Storyline and the gimmick.

  • CC

    Plus, lets face it, would a guy who Vince has no faith in be allowed to actually make Orton tap out? How many people would be given that kind of “push”. Orton, like Cena, is one of those guys that is supposed to be so tough that they never tap out, yet Bryan got the submission win this week.


    he might be talking about antonio cesaro

  • Scooter

    No he’s a great worker and he just sounded stupid on the mic because Vince made him take speech therapy for his native tounge because apparently everyone has to sound American to be a star… -_-

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    and so does your opinion

  • ddfindl

    Drew McIntyre sucks.
    (Let the down votes begin!)

  • Scooter

    As true as that is Regal did say during his live show in the UK that Vince was always a big fan of Bryan because he was a model employee and that he was so high on his early NXT stuff that he felt compelled to call Bryan personally when they had to release him over the tie choking incident.

  • Scooter

    I reckon it’s Drew Mcintyre. Shawn was always high on him and he’s around 6’3 250.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    It really wouldn’t surprise me if it was Vince who “didn’t see money” in Danielson, we all know Vince loves big roided up guys (Hogan, Warrior, Luger, HHH, Lashley,Cena… the list goes on) so anybody that isn’t 6 foot plus and have “the physique” will never get anywhere so far as Vince or HHH are concerned.