In a recent interview with Sam Roberts (the same one which gave us an update on the status of Finn Bálor’s comeback), SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan spoke on a subject of great interest to fans...
Does he get in trouble for his comments on Talking Smack? And since the looser format of that show seems to work well, why don’t wrestlers shoot from the hip more often?
To that last question first, Bryan said on the latest Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast the guys and gals don’t speak their mind more often because, essentially, WWE is the only place for them to go and work at the same level:
The reason why guys could do that before, like, say in The Attitude Era, because it’s like, “yeah, fire me – I’ll go to WCW” or in The Territory Era, “yeah, fire me – I’ll go to a million different places,” right?
Now, “fire me – actually, please don’t fire me.” Literally, I’ve been doing this since I was 18. I don’t know how to do anything else.
Sounds like Bryan does go off on his own a bit on Talking Smack, but while he’s called on it, he’s obviously in a different position due to his past as a main eventer and the fact he might not worry about his next destination being a WWE-sized company if it meant he could wrestle again:
Sometimes, yeah. I mean, sometimes, I just say things and then, sometimes in my earpiece it’s like, “why are you saying that?”
And then, it’s like, “oh”.
Which is why he views his job on the Tuesday night post-show as being to put current wrestlers in a position to look, and sound, their best:
So my thing with Talking Smack is, I want our talent to look really good. So for example, Baron Corbin was on the show, not last week, but the week before, he was awesome. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It did great and the key is the show is not about Renee [Young] and I, like, we’re just hosts – we’re just there to bring stuff out of people, to help them.
He and Young, and the reported approach of letting the performers talk from an outline, does a great job making talent “look really good”.
Will it extend to more shows? Or would that run the risk of people with less pull than DB getting themselves in trouble with nowhere else to go?