5 Booking decisions for Daniel Bryan
The general manager of Smackdown Live could have another match left in him. How will WWE book him?
Sometimes, professional wrestling is real. According to a story in the Washington Post, the confrontation between Daniel Bryan and The Miz wasn’t a work, according to Smackdown Live’s general manager.
Bryan, who was a guest on WWE Talking Smack, got into a heated discussion with the current Intercontinental Champion where The Miz went off on Bryan, causing a rush of emotion and Bryan to walk off the set. The show also prompted a huge wave of support for Bryan, who has since unofficially retired from the ring due to head and neck issues as a result of injuries he sustained on the job, to once again lace up his boots.
But how does the company that has been against Bryan getting back in the ring publically, reverse field and book him in a match should he be cleared to once again grapple?
It was thought when the segment of Talking Smack aired, it was part of a work to put Bryan in the ring versus The Miz, but that does not seem like it will immediately happen. There are plenty of scenarios that would work with this kind of angle, but how WWE plans to use this to the company’s advantage isn’t known. What we do know is The Miz and Maryse are up caught in a feud with Dolph Ziggler. Beyond that is anyone’s guess.
Bryan is easing into his role with the company after wrestling, which looks solid at times and at others, looks quite forced. He is still a huge favorite with the fans, with the hope of the Yes! Movement coming out of retirement to give it a go once more. Here are five ways WWE could book Bryan’s comeback.
1- The Miz
Let’s just get this one out of the way. Bryan wanted the Intercontinental Title on Smackdown Live, not necessarily the man holding the title. There is a lot of animosity between the two superstars, and this would be a solid program – on a one-time basis – where the boss and the employee get together in the ring.
There are also other layers to this kind of a match, involving Maryse and potentially Brie Bella, Bryan’s wife. If this is a “test” to see if Bryan’s neck and head can hold up on a part-time regular basis, this is the match to find that out.