Jey Uso recently spoke with Kayla Braxton on the Braxton Beat, an IGTV series. During the interview, which came after a failed conversation this past week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Uso reflected on attacking Daniel Bryan and siding with Roman Reigns. Here are some highlights:
On attacking Daniel Bryan:
Uso: “This goes deeper than what it is on TV, man. So my actions last week, I’m sorry, Daniel Bryan. I’m sorry to his family, I’m also sorry to my family. Daniel Bryan was really at the wrong place at the wrong time, for real. It could have been anybody. It could have been anybody. I knew what I was getting into. But this is it man, this is the game we play.”
“I really don’t like it. I’ve been thinking about Daniel Bryan this whole time, man. ‘Oh, why did I, he didn’t deserve that. He didn’t deserve that.’ But man, you was in the way, Uce. And then when you watch this, I’m sorry. When you bounce back and get strong and get healed up, I’ll be here. I’ll be waiting on you, Uce. But I’m pretty sure the Big Dog will be there, too.”
On why he finally acknowledged Reigns as “The Tribal Chief”:
Uso: “All night at SmackDown, it felt like two hours, two years, man. And it’s like a double-edged sword, you know? I’m in that position trying to fight from under, and you got the whole world saying I don’t belong there. You got the whole world talking a whole bunch of crap, like I’m not the guy that’s supposed to be running with this thing. And now we give the world what they want to see, and now the whole world, ‘Oh, why you do that?’ Why you do that?’ Man, I don’t know what the hell y’all want. But I know I gotta do what I need to do to provide for my family, and that’s been the goal since I came in here.”
“This is how it’s got to be. It’s a shark-eat-shark world that we live in. If I’m gonna stick with somebody through this whole journey and through this game to get me through man, it’s gotta be my family, even though I do not like it.”
The full interview is available here.