We haven’t talked about it as much as we probably should, but WWE Network’s SmackDown Live post-show Talking Smack has slowly but surely become must-see TV every week at 10PM Eastern.
Fitting then that the Must See Superstar himself, The Miz, just dropped one of the most intense promos you’ll ever see on General Manager Daniel Bryan to close the show.
The Intercontinental champ took issue with his former NXT mentee saying he “wrestles like a coward” and... holy $#!+. In the midst of it all, you get what at the very least is a tease that Bryan might wrestle again.
It was legitimately one of the best things I’ve seen this week, and I’ve watched about eighty-seven hours of wrestling over the last four days. Here’s the video they released on YouTube, and a transcript of the fire middle portion specifically directed at the GM in case it won’t play where you are:
Miz: Let me tell you about a coward. Let me tell you about a guy who tells his WWE fans, people that he loves that he will be back - he PROMISES THEM - “I promise you, I will be back in one year’s time to claim this [Intercontinental] title.” But you didn’t, Daniel, did you? But I’m the coward. I’m the one who doesn’t love the fans.
Bryan: If they would let me come back, I would come back.
Miz: Oh you would? You love that WWE ring, you love wrestling. You love being right in that wrestling ring and you love wrestling, right? Well why don’t you quit? Why don’t you quit and go to the bingo halls with your indie friends, Daniel?
Renee Young: I think you need to calm... Hey. Hey. That’s not what this show’s about.
Miz: Let me and the GM have this. This is a great show, Renee, but we’re talking here. I need to talk to you real quick because the fact is you’re the one who calls me the coward but you’re the one that doesn’t get in the WWE ring again.
[Bryan gets up and walks off]
No! Don’t you walk away from me, Daniel. Don’t you walk away! I’m the one that loves the fans. I’m the one who loves everyone and everything. You’re the one that gets up and walks... every single time! You’re the coward!
Is the WWE finally figuring out how to do the ‘reality’ era right? Is Talking Smack the best show on WWE Network? Is Miz the best talker in WWE? Is Daniel Bryan about to become unretired?
WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING!?!?!