Daniel Bryan and The Miz cut one explosive promo on the WWE Network’s ‘Talking Smack’ show that blurred the lines between scripted entertainment and authentic bad blood. Now, Bryan has confirmed that exchange wasn’t entirely scripted and almost erupted into a real fight.
During ‘Talking Smack,’ Bryan criticized The Miz’s wrestling, calling it too safe. This sent The Miz on a hostile tirade, calling out the former WWE Champion for abandoning wrestling despite that he promised fans he would return.
‘Let me tell you about a guy who tells his WWE fans, the people that he loves, that he will be back,’ The Miz ranted. ‘He promises them, ‘I promise you I will be back in one year’s time to claim this title,’ but you didn’t Daniel, did you? But I’m the coward … Why don’t you quit and go to the bingo halls with your indie friends?’
The Miz’s roasting that went beyond the script prompted Bryan to walk out of the interview. In a later interview with Jonathan Coachman, Bryan revealed that he not only didn’t know he was about to be scolded, but that he wanted to punch The Miz in the face.
When asked how much of The Miz’s tirade was coming, Daniel Bryan said, ‘Very little. I just knew that Miz was going to come up, we were just going to banter back and forth. But Miz and I have known each other for a long time, and we really know how to get at each other’s nerves. I brought up the idea that he wrestles like a coward … and he called me out on something that’s very personal to me.’
‘He knows that I am constantly having these feelings of like ‘hey, if WWE won’t let me wrestle, at some point I just want to go leave and go to the independents because I love wrestling so much.’ And I know that that’s probably not a smart idea, and my wife keeps me in check with that, right? And he knows that that’s really pushing on a nerve, and like … calling me a coward for not doing it, which I kind of sometimes think of myself as a coward for not doing it.’
‘Part of me just wanted to punch him in the face,’ Daniel Bryan revealed. ‘But I figured that probably wasn’t such a smart idea on live TV.’