"I learned the basics with Shawn Michaels but after I started wrestling, Regal became a big part of my training," said Bryan. "Shawn was so instrumental though. What I learned with him, I could’ve not learned with Regal and what I learned with William, I wasn’t ready to learn it with Shawn."
Bryan still talks to The Heartbreak Kid every now and then.
"We’re going to chat, but not about wrestling," explained Bryan. "Sometimes, he gives me a suggestion on something but not to the level of Regal who constantly gives me his advice because he’s on the road with us all the time." - Daniel Bryan (March 2012) [x]
"As a trainer, (Michaels) was very, very good. There were three guys from my class alone who made it to WWE — one was Brian Kendrick, one was me, and the other was Lance Cade. He was a very good trainer."
But being so new to the business, training was all about the basics, Bryan says, meaning he couldn’t learn from Michaels the very things that made him such an icon.
"The things that Shawn was great at, he couldn’t teach you because you have to learn the basics first," Bryan said. "You’re just trying to focus on falling without hurting yourself. There’s all these things that need to be done in order to wrestle safely. That’s why we tell people don’t try this at home because it’s a very dangerous thing. I spent a year in San Antonio training with Shawn Michaels and that year was pretty much focused on doing the basics. I was never able to learn from Shawn the things that made Shawn Shawn." - Daniel Bryan (Jan 2013) [x]