Who says there aren’t any great promos left in the WWE?
On the SmackDown Live post-show on Tuesday, Intercontinental Champion The Miz crashed the set after General Manager Daniel Bryan had help unveil new Women’s and Tag Team championships earlier in the night. In story, The Miz was upset that he wasn’t being taken seriously as Intercontinental Champion.
“I have respect for the title, I just don’t have respect for the person holding it,” Bryan said.
Then things got really personal, really weird, and… well, just a little too real.
Miz asked Bryan what exactly he doesn’t like about him, and Bryan responded that he thinks The Miz wrestles like a coward. Miz then unleashed into the rant of his life, claiming that the reason he wrestles that way is also the same reason he is still wrestling and is never injured. Bryan, on the other hand, famously retired in February due to concussion concerns.
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 simply responded that if the WWE would let him, he would be out there in the ring. But that wasn’t enough for The 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?
Bryan then walked off the set, as The Miz continued on his tirade. The entire segment blurred the lines of what was scripted and what may have turned into real emotion from The Miz.
Many fans are wondering what was real and what was scripted because of one big reason: one of the only reasons to even have this segment is to build up something between Bryan and The Miz. If Bryan can’t wrestle, then what was the point?
Regardless, we got a hell of a segment out of this, and who knows: maybe we will actually get a match out of it at some point down the road.