Daniel Bryan has reflected on his feud with The Miz.
Former WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, who regularly appeared on Talking Smack while he was on the blue brand and had a famous segment with SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan on the show, opened up on the moment.
If you recall, it took place on the August 23rd, 2016 edition of Talking Smack. The Miz went off on Bryan after being called a coward for his wrestling style.
It was one of the most memorable promos of the past few years and fans were left wondering if it was scripted or not.
It’s well known by now that Talking Smack has not aired on the WWE Network after SmackDown Live and 205 Live go off the air due to WWE deciding to cancel the show as a weekly series.
Instead, Talking Smack will continue to air as a post-PPV broadcast. The show, which was hosted by Renee Young and Bryan, had been on the streaming since last August.
It seems that when Bryan decided to take time off for paternity leave for the birth of his daughter Birdie with his wife and former WWE Superstar Brie Bella, the show went downhill and was not as good as it once was. That most likely led to the downfall of viewership.
Now, Bryan is slated to face The Miz at the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view event that takes place this Sunday (August 19, 2018) in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center on the WWE Network.
To promote this event, Bryan spoke with GameSpot.com to talk about this feud and upcoming match.
“Well, it's interesting. Because we're such polar opposites, and we do have a legitimate dislike of each other, and the people backstage kinda know that--that there's always been that tension--but I think the real breaking point to where people care about it so much now was the Talking Smack episode, and then furthering that, Miz starting to do my moves, really rubbing it in my face in a way that at the time nobody thought I was gonna get cleared again. So, there was no payoff to this. It's just heat, for heat, for heat's sake. So, I think that's where everything--where the current incarnation, where people are really excited to see that--I think that's where that comes from.”
“What I was hoping was that it would inspire them to look at my case more closely to clear me, and because that was happening--I don't remember around what time, August or September-ish of that year--I was thinking, "Maybe I can get them to look at my case again, and then main [event] for Wrestlemania, maybe I could be cleared for…"
No. That's what I was thinking. I was thinking in terms of like, "Wow, this could really benefit." And [WWE creative] started using it a little bit on the show, and then what happened is people really wanted to see the match, and then they backed off of it because they had no plans of doing the match. So, that's when I realized like, "Oh, man. They're not gonna budge here."
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