WWE’s Matt Bloom Told Josh Woods He'd Be Fired If He Hurt Daniel Bryan
Woods was part of NXT from 2014 - 2016
WWE can be a minefield at the best of times, doubly so if you’re a trainee, and triply so if you’re sparring with one of the company’s biggest stars.
So Josh Woods found out during his time in NXT, when the current ROH Pure Champion found out he was to train with a returning Daniel Bryan.
And as Woods told Inside the Ropes, he was told in no uncertain terms that he’d be fired if he hurt the former WWE Champion:
“When I was in NXT, Bryan was coming back from a neck injury and they do a lot of rehab for the WWE guys there and he was coming in and rolling around,” said Woods. “I don’t remember how this conversation got started, but Matt Bloom was the coach or my coach at the time, and I was like, Yeah, I’ll get in and I’ll go with them as I have like a jujitsu background because Bryan’s a really big jujitsu guy and he’s pretty good.
“So I’m like, all right, cool. Yeah, I’m taking my shoes off because you don’t wear shoes and like, this fricking awesome and Matt goes, hey, man, he’s coming off a neck injury. If you hurt him, you’re fired. I’m just like, I don’t want to get in there anymore because I’m scared because like, I’m a little bit bigger than Brian. I’m like, Oh s***, this is Bryan Danielson. Like, Well, oh god, I’m like, s***. It’s like, I get in there and it was pretty cool and It was so fun.”