It's well known that Bryan made his way to WWE the hard way, working on the independent scene for years before getting to the so-called 'big leagues', so he's more likely to be appreciative of talents hard work.
In his recent Talk Is Jericho podcast appearance with WWE icon Chris Jericho, new SmackDown star Mustafa Ali believes that Bryan is the reason for his full-time promotion to the main roster.
"I'll never put words in anyone's mouth, but there [are] so many inclinations that I'm having that [Bryan] had more to say about it than he's letting on," Ali told Jericho, per WrestlingInc.
"I mean, just for a guy to get plucked out of 205 and I get put with him in a program and he's attacking me backstage after my second or third week on SmackDown. It's all very him. Do you know what I mean?
"And, man, what a guy to learn from. I have nothing but good things to say about him, but he'll never come out and say it to me, I don't think. I have a feeling he is more involved than he's letting on."
It seems as though Bryan is a big fan of another 205 Live talent judging from a recent interview.
Yahoo Sports spoke to Bryan before the Royal Rumble this past weekend, and whilst everyone thinks Bryan is doing a good thing by putting the younger, up-and-coming talent over, he's insisted that's not his intentions at all, and has picked out another high-flyer that he really wants to work with.
“It’s not this selfless thing, it’s actually a selfish thing,” Bryan said.
“I want to wrestle the best guys on the planet. Some of those best guys are on 205 Live. We have Gran Metalik here and he’s one of the best luchadors in the world and he’s on that show.
"Man, would I love to wrestle that guy in a mask vs. hair match. That’s sometimes where my passion gets ahead of me.”
Metalik rose to prominence in the first-ever WWE Cruiserweight Classic in 2016, and has recently been featured on Monday Night Raw with Kalisto and Lince Dorado as part of the 'Lucha House Party'.
Judging off his in-ring skills alone Metalik could be a big star in the business - his English skills clearly aren't there as he's never cut a promo in his time with the company - but when you have Bryan's endorsement, anything is possible.
Will we ever get the Mask v Hair match that Bryan wants? Possibly.
Do we need to see 'The New' Bryan and Metalik go one-on-one sometime soon now that it has been teased? Absolutely.News Now - Sport News