The Miz may have made an impressive return to Monday Night Raw during the Superstar Shake-up this week, but for most of the past year, he’s been one of the biggest heels on SmackDown Live. If there’s one moment that truly propelled him to the top of fan’s hate list, it was probably that blistering promo that he cut on Daniel Bryan on one of the early episodes of Talking Smack, the WWE’s live post show that they created when SmackDown moved to live television.
You remember it, right?
SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan accused The Miz of wrestling like a coward, which prompted a response that resembled a YouTube shoot interview. The Miz blasted Bryan’s early retirement, which was a result was numerous head and neck injuries. Things got a little too real when The Miz suggested that Bryan quit his job with the WWE and go wrestle in “bingo halls” with the independents, where there wouldn’t be a team of doctors and lawyers telling him the liability was too great. Bryan then walked off the show.
Here’s the video:
There was a lot of speculation afterwards about how much if it was in the script and how much of it was improved. Bryan certainly looked shook up, but then again, acting is part of his job description. During a recent interview with FOX Sports, The Miz gave some of the backstory to the now infamous moment.
“So here was my day up to that point: I wasn’t written on the episode that day and I’m the Intercontinental champion. This is the title that I’ve loved since I was a child, and I don’t want to be the guy who says, ‘I’m going to make it great,’ and then not do anything. I want to make it great.
“So I told them to put me on ‘Talking Smack.’ They asked, ‘Well what are you going to do?’ And I said I’m going to rip into Daniel Bryan. And then I guess I kind of went overboard. And when I go, I have no filter. It’s everything that is fueling inside of me and I just black out.’
“I was like, wait a second. I’m the guy that’s always here, doing everything, doing the stuff that you don’t want to do or that John [Cena] doesn’t want to do, and I don’t get injured.
“And people compliment me on what I said, but I was so angry that it was difficult to even speak.”
And what about Bryan’s reaction, to walk off live television?
“He actually left. I didn’t expect him to leave — I expected him to hit me. The things I was laying into him on were very below the belt and very mean and very rude, but when I go, I just go.”
Hopefully there are no hard feelings from the promo, as it’s one of the best in recent WWE history. It certainly got The Miz a lot of heel heat, which he continued to feed on right into his WrestleMania 33 match with John Cena (and their respective partners) and his recent move to Raw.
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