Rhett Titus has been a Ring of Honor mainstay for years, and once trained under WrestleMania headliner Daniel Bryan.
In an interview with Wrestling Epicenter, Titus wanted to set the record stream about the notion that he hated training under Bryan early on in his career.
"That was from an interview I did when I was younger. Going from training with (Austin) Aries to Brian Danielson was a bit of a change. Aries was a more laid back trainer. He said, "I'm not here to be your personal trainer. I'm here to be your wrestling trainer." I thought that was very cool. Aries was a little more laid back, if you were a few minutes late, don't worry about it. Bryan, on the other hand, everyday before practice we had to do tons of hindu squats, tons of push ups, tons of everything. And then, we'd learn a little bit of wrestling. I respect wrestling, obviously, and having to pay your dues. I would push myself in the gym and then would have to come and do all these extra squats. Especially on leg day, that was killing me! Bryan was also very strict. Practice would start at 5 O'Clock! I was coming from work at that time. It was about an hour and a half from work. If I missed one traffic light, I was going to be late. If I was late, I would always have to do extra squats, extra push ups, extra run the ropes. Extra everything! I remember one day (laughs) I was running a little late. "Ah man, I don't think I'm gonna make it!" So, I put my boots on in the car. I pulled up to the school at 4:58. I went running upstairs in the school and at 4:59 with about 10 seconds to spare, I hopped into the ring. He was like, "Made it on time?". So, we started. And, Bryan was like, "Who the hell dragged mud into my ring?" Everyone was looking at the bottom of their feet and no one had mud. I look at the bottom of my feet and, of course... I'm the one with mud. So, I had to do extra squats, extra push ups, extra run the ropes... Even though I was on time! (laughs) I came to grips with the idea that I was going to have to do a little bit more than everyone else. In the end, it made me appreciate everything a little bit more. If you ever see me and I'm being hard on a young guy, you know why!"
Of late, Bryan has been desperately trying to gain clearance from WWE to wrestle again. Titus specified that if Bryan wanted to head back to ROH when his contract expires, he'd welcome his former trainer with open arms.
"As someone who was a big Bryan Danielson fan and a big Daniel Bryan fan prior to him being my trainer, I would love to see him wrestle again. As someone who works for Ring of Honor, I think we would do great business with him coming back. But, as someone who has known him and as a friend, if he's not 100% and healthy and is going to put himself at risk, I wouldn't want him to do that. There is life after wrestling. He's got a baby now and a wife and other things he's got to consider. But, if he's good to go and if he feels he's good to go... Hey! I'd love to have him back!"
You can check out the full interview with Titus at this link.