Alex Greenfield worked for WWE as a writer on Raw, Smackdown and ECW in 2005 and 2006. Included in that stint was time as the head writer of the Friday night show - a time when Rey Mysterio was given his first run with the World Heavyweight Championship.
In a recent interview on The Shoot podcast, Greenfield was asked about Daniel Bryan's time in the main event from SummerSlam through Hell in a Cell, and he talked about the parallels between that run and the one Mysterio had following the death of Eddie Guerrero:
It's flashback city for me because i feel like it's exactly what Vince did to us with Rey you know? During my run, well David Lagana first and then my run as lead writer on Smackdown you know, we were all super excited: a) to be done with the exploiting Eddie thing and, b) to make Rey, make him our champion, make him a giant killer.
Vince was like 'Goddamn, pal, he's gonna change things.' Our Latino demographics were going up, our minority demographics were going up like we were gaining audience when Raw was losing audience and it was on Rey's back and then once he got there, 'Well nobody's gonna believe he can beat Mark Henry, lets have Mark Henry just kill him and we'll find some la la ending.' He just cut Rey out at the legs during that World Title run and we've talked about my screaming fights with Vince and it was more of that. He just couldn't see the little guy beating the big guy. It just didn't work for Vince McMahon and it's super frustrating and I feel like that's what happened with Daniel Bryan.
All we really have here is some "he said" from a guy who admittedly had issues with the Chairman of the Board about his time in the company, who then speculates on a current angle that he has no involvement in from a backstage perspective.
But tidbits like this one will do nothing to squelch rumors that Bryan is just the latest guy without "the look" to fall victim to a start/stop push when some, but not the right, folks in the back support him.