The wrestling world has been buzzing about The Miz's scintillating shoot promo on Daniel Bryan for a few days now and details continue to emerge in the wake of it.
After Bryan - now the general manager of Smackdown Live - insisted The Miz embodied the “soft WWE style of wrestling,” the current Intercontinental champion went on a tirade questioning Bryan's love for professional wrestling if he is happy to walk away from the ring.
Wrestling fans everywhere have been wondering if the segment was scripted and what the true intentions of the promo were. The Miz was certainly fired up and visibly angered by Bryan's suggestion, but the obvious discomfort of his wife, Maryse, and host Renee Young indicates things weren't going according to plan.
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It's got everyone talking about Bryan's future. Dave Meltzer has reported that Bryan would make a lot more money wrestling for New Japan or returning to Ring of Honor than he would being the General Manager of SmackDown on WWE television.
Being that Bryan was cleared by multiple independent doctors, the lure of getting back in the ring must weigh heavy on the former WWE champion, who recently admitted he had a breakdown when he had to retire earlier this year.
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It seems that Vince McMahon and co. are keen to exploit that real-life pain.
According to Forbes' Anthony DiMoro: "As of now, WWE is planning to continue the angle of wrestlers calling out Bryan for his retirement and taunting Bryan for not being able to wrestle. WWE knows it's a hot button topic with fans and will continue to tease a Bryan return. While, at this time, it still remains unlikely that Bryan returns to the ring in the future, WWE has "not completely shut the door on a Daniel Bryan return to the ring".
Bryan was cruelly robbed of the final years of his career just as he ascended to true superstardom. He has a great decision to make when his WWE contract is up - whenever that is - but is the money worth risking his health?
It's hard to imagine that if the WWE did indeed have Bryan come out of retirement that they would do so for a program with The Miz, or do it so quickly.
However, Miz's impassioned promo has got everybody talking. The WWE will likely want to capitalise on that momentum.