In what seems to be another slow build for Daniel Bryan and his journey to the pinnacle of WWE, fans are hoping that he’s able to overcome Samoa Joe next week on SmackDown LIVE to advance to the Money in the Bank ladder match.
His in-ring return brought plenty of obvious excitement, as it’s something the world wanted to see with his WWE contract winding down. However, despite being victorious at WrestleMania 34 alongside Shane McMahon when they battled Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, fans aren’t too happy with his booking since his comeback.
That all stems from the fact that his first singles feud back in WWE saw him take on Big Cass. With the latter now under fire from backstage officials and Vince McMahon, Bryan can - probably - look towards bigger and better feuds.
We’ve seen some of those ‘dream matches’ on free television already, such as AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy. However, Bryan recently told SPORTbible that he also wants matches against the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Rusev as well as Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas.
Despite so many things to look forward to, Bryan revealed in the same interview that there’s one thing he absolutely hated during his WWE career - being the general manager of SmackDown LIVE.
Obviously, the fans that only watch WWE loved that he was the general manager as it was the next best thing; having him on-screen in any capacity if he wasn’t cleared to return. Bryan, though, has shared that he tried to head home if he wasn’t involved as he just wasn’t passionate about it.
According to NoDQ, he said: “It was very difficult. I disliked it, strongly.
“I would try and leave as soon as I could and if I found out they might not have a segment for me on TV, I would be texting the writers being like, ‘Hey, can I just stay home?’
“A portion of that is not liking it and portion of that is because now I’m being away from Brie and my baby to do something I’m not passionate about. That was a weird mental thing for me.”
Bryan’s frustrations are understandable. He’s always remained adamant about wanting to compete again, so sticking him in a role where he’s so close to the action yet not being able to compete would have only given him the itch to compete elsewhere.
The actual general manager role doesn’t really have any value than being an on-screen character and delivering promos.
So, it’s a good job WWE eventually cleared him and we get a much more positive Bryan on the roster, compared to an authoritative figure who didn’t want to be there.
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