Daniel Bryan no longer does his fighting in the ring after a series of concussions brought the 35-year-old's career to a premature and grinding halt.
However, he is still very much a part of the WWE after taking on the role of general manager on Smackdown. The former WWE champion represents the ultimate underdog and is, therefore, a perfect fit for the blue brand, which has always been seen as a secondary show to Monday Night Raw.
During the premiere of Talking Smack - which is a new post-SmackDown Live show on the WWE Network - Bryan said he was “borderline offended” by what Cena had to say to AJ Styles in his promo on the show.
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Cena - a 15-time world champion - said Styles would go somewhere else to wrestle if he left WWE, but Cena would only wrestle for on the biggest stage of them all, with the biggest company.
Bryan took exception to that statement. According to Wrestlezone.com, the leader of the Yes Movement said he and Styles are cut from the same cloth, and that he has been fired from WWE twice, and both times he had to go wrestle somewhere else. He added that he and Styles had to fight just to get to the WWE, and if Styles ever gets fired, he has a family to provide for.
In what could be construed as a balancing act, Bryan went on to praise Cena’s love and passion for WWE, but added it’s easy for guys like him and The Rock to step aside from WWE and not have to work anywhere else because, essentially, they are established names outside of the business.
Bryan said he appreciates the fact that Cena does all he does outside of WWE and continues to return to the company, but that doesn’t mean he should put down AJ Styles for needing to work somewhere else should he leave WWE.
It certainly is a strange direction to take a feud in. What started out as Styles insisting that he is a better wrestler than Cena has mutated into Cena almost belittling Styles' accomplishments.
With SummerSlam still three weeks away, it will be interesting to see how this feud will progress in light of these comments.