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WWE's Jim Ross: 'Daniel Bryan can beat John Cena at SummerSlam'

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Jim Ross has said that Daniel Bryan can beat John Cena at SummerSlam to be crowned the WWE Champion.

Bryan was picked by Cena at an episode of Raw earlier this month to be his opponent at the August pay-per-view, and commentator JR told Digital Spy that Bryan was a genuine contender.

Daniel Bryan & The Shield at WWE Raw at The O2 in London

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Daniel Bryan at Raw in London

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John Cena



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Asked if Bryan could win, Ross said: "Absolutely. To those who think that Daniel Bryan may not be big enough, strong enough, powerful enough to beat John Cena, you might wanna rethink that assessment.

"I think Daniel Bryan is a throwback. He would have been successful in any era of the genre that I personally have been involved in, and I started in 1974.

"His skillset is stellar. He has that magical second gear that can kick in at a moment's notice. I think he's a very problematic match-up for John Cena."



Of how Cena divides audiences, Ross added: "It perplexes me that so many people enjoy booing him... The societal issues of defiant young males being somewhat boisterous and demonstrative is prevalent in our society.

"If they pay their money and they buy their tickets I'm of the belief that they should be able to boo or cheer whoever they choose."

He continued: "I don't think it adversely affects John's psyche. I don't think he has any issues with it. He rolls with the punches.

"It adds to the atmosphere of the event, there's no doubt about that - because then you get fans who become competitive.

"The younger fans and the female fans voice their support of Cena while the young male fans, seemingly, enjoy voicing their displeasure. It becomes a very colourful atmosphere."

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TNA's Dixie Carter with Hulk Hogan



Quizzed on whether the fans would like a TNA/WWE crossover, an idea welcomed by Dixie Carter but laughed off by Paul Heyman: "I'm sure some fans would, because fans like things that are different, new presentations.

"From a strictly business standpoint and being a former corporate officer of WWE, I don't know what WWE stands to gain from that arrangement.

"I don't think it will ever occur. I think the likelihood of it is slim to none, frankly.... The creative element poses unique challenges. I just don't think that it will ever happen.

"I'm still a fan, and I still think like a fan - it would be intriguing, without question. But it's just not realistic frankly. I think Paul Heyman gave the example of Shmuley's Soda.

"Paul's a unique guy, Paul has a very unique way of describing things which I have always enjoyed. He's a colourful character and very bright. I just don't think it will ever occur."



Asked if there would ever be an English WWE Championship winner, Ross said: "I wouldn't want to put a timeline on it, but I think it's inevitable.

"I just don't see it being an issue. I don't see it being a negative whatsoever. I just think it's a matter of timing and the right person at the right time.

"Who knows, it could be Wade Barrett. He's got a great skillset. He's continuing to evolve and get better in his game.

"We've had some very, very highly skilled British wrestlers and we have several highly touted young prospects in NXT from your part of the world. I think it's inevitable."

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SummerSlam will be live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office at 1am on Sunday night, August 18 (Monday morning) in the UK and on pay-per-view at 8pm ET/5pm PT in the US

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