Daniel Bryan now has less than a fortnight to wait until he gets his shot at the WWE title in his SummerSlam showdown with John Cena, and he is rating it as the biggest moment of his wrestling tenure.
The bearded wrestler was handed the opportunity to battle for the belt last month.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Bryan talked at length about the upcoming clash with Cena, and what it means to him to be involved in the main event.
The 32-year-old told the news broadcaster: "Yeah, by far this is the biggest match of my career. SummerSlam is the biggest event of the summer and Cena is the biggest WWE Superstar of the last 10 years. This is my opportunity to be the WWE champion so it's a really cool and neat experience."
The former Tag Team Champion has been in inspired form in his recent singles match-ups, and is unbeaten since a loss to Randy Orton in the middle of June.
"I do feel like I have a lot of momentum. I feel I have really hit a groove as far as wrestling goes and I'm in a groove right now where everything feels natural. That's very important for me because I love wrestling and what I do in the ring.
"The skills are always there, but sometimes it just clicks between what you do and the way the audience reacts. That's definitely there right now," explained the 5"8 submission specialist.
And Bryan certainly won't be underestimating his opponent come August 16. He also communicated an immense respect for the current champ.
"He goes out there and works his butt off and he does it against the big boys, wrestling for 20 minutes against Ryback or Mark Henry or Big Show. He goes out there night after night and has to end the show on a high note - and for the most part, every night he does it. I have a tremendous amount of respect for a guy who's been able to do that for the last 10 years," he said of Cena.
For a quarter of a century, SummerSlam has been an integral part of the wrestling calendar, producing some classic encounters down the years.
In his youth, Bryan explains that he used to watch the pay-per-view event, where he would witness some of his personal favourite showdowns.
"I grew up watching SummerSlam and some of my favourite matches ever have been on SummerSlam; Bret Hart wrestling Davey Boy Smith in '92 and Shaun Michaels wrestling Vader in '96," he concluded, hoping to add his name to that list of legends.
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