Bryan Danielson has reflected on his stormy encounter with The Miz on Talking Smack and says he was going to “deck” the former WWE Champion.
Back in 2016 Bryan Danielson had been forced to retire from in-ring competition in WWE and instead joined Renee Paquette every week on the beloved post-SmackDown show, Talking Smack.
The show had a few memorable moments in its run but none more so than the time an irate Miz berated his old rival Danielson which led the man then known as Daniel Bryan to walk off the show.
Joining Paquette again on The Sessions, Bryan Danielson explained the original idea for the segment and how he was ready to risk getting fired to get what he wanted – a return to the ring:
“The original plan that Mike and I had come up with was that I was gonna f*ckin’ deck him. We wanted to get under each other’s skin so much, that it was plausible that I would legit be angry enough to punch him and so that was the intent.”
“And the idea was either [they] were going to fire me or it was going to make people want to see the match so much that they’re going to have to clear me to wrestle, but then Mike did such a great job, intuitively I felt it was better to walk off.”
“He was so good, he was magic. He was magic and I think that’s the thing. Mike and I don’t like each other, legitimately, but Mike is also somebody that I respected for working very, very hard and so when he was just going off and I was like, ‘This is so good, it would be so good if I punched him, but maybe it would resonate more and it would be better for him if I walked off.’ So that’s what happened and everybody, including Maryse, was like, ‘What is going on? Why is this happening?’”