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Published on March 4th, 2017 | by Joey Finnegan

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DANIEL BRYAN and THE MIZ: Too Good To Ignore

[Photo courtesy of Wrestlezone.com]


“Be so good, they can’t ignore you”

– STEVE MARTIN

The Miz and Daniel Bryan are walking, talking personifications of that above quote. Daniel Bryan wasn’t supposed to succeed at the level that he did. This very fact was the main theme throughout the buildup towards his triumphant dream realized at WrestleMania. It appears they simply took real life and manipulated it a bit to make Daniel Bryan the story. His career, his drive, his will. The fact that he was too good to ignore.

Which takes us to current day.

With Daniel Bryan’s days in the ring sadly seemingly behind him after suffering concussion-related seizures, he is now the General Manager of SmackDown Live, which counts The Miz as one of the members of its roster. Picking up from the story they told all those years ago, Daniel Bryan carries a distaste for The Miz and his wrestling style. He famously said the words, “you wrestle like a coward,” during that explosive segment of Talking Smack on August 23rd, 2016. That, of course, led to what is arguably the greatest promo of Miz’s career.


[NOTE: The promo is transcribed in full for anyone who may not be able to watch the video posted below.]

THE MIZ:

(anger rising, causing him to trip over his words) “I-I-I wrestle like a coward?”

DANIEL BRYAN:

“You wrestle like a coward.”

THE MIZ:

“I’m the one…?”

DANIEL BRYAN:

“If I were to create a wrestler, who to me embodies, like when I was an independent guy, and I was thinking like, ‘oh okay, what’s the soft WWE style?’ It would be that. WWE has transformed in the last-“

THE MIZ:

“Hold on, you had your chance to talk. You’re the one who called me a coward in the wrestling ring, I’m the coward in the wrestling ring.”

DANIEL BRYAN:

“Yeah.”

THE MIZ:

“But let’s talk about cowards for one second. The reason I wrestle the way I wrestle is because I can do it, day in and day out, all the time, for ten plus years. I have never, never in my career, ever been injured. I don’t get injured for six months to a year. I am here each and every week, but you sit there and call me a coward?!”

DANIEL BRYAN:

“Yeah.”

THE MIZ:

“Wait, let me tell you about a coward! Let me tell you about a guy who tells his WWE fans, the 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 title’ (gesturing to Intercontinental title), but you didn’t, Daniel, did you? But I’m the coward? I’m the one that doesn’t love the fans?”

DANIEL BRYAN:

“Okay, if they would let me come back, I would come back.”

THE MIZ:

“Oh, if (tripping over his words) – you would?”

DANIEL BRYAN:

“Yeah.”

THE MIZ:

“You-you would? You love that WWE ring, you love wrestling. You love being right in the wrestling ring, and you love wrestling, right?”

DANIEL BRYAN:

“Yeah.”

THE MIZ:

“Well, why don’t you quit? Why don’t you quit and go to the bingo halls with your indie friends?”

RENEE YOUNG (Co-Host of Talking Smack):

“Okay, I think you need to calm down. That’s not what this show is supposed to be about-“

THE MIZ:

“No! I got this. Me and the GM have this. Thank you very much, Renee, this is a great show, but we’re talking here.

I need to talk to you, real quick (puts his finger in Daniel Bryan’s face) because the fact is that you’re the one who calls me a coward, but you’re the one who doesn’t get in the WWE ring again.”

(DANIEL BRYAN GETS UP AND WALKS OFF)

THE MIZ:

“No, don’t you walk away from me, Daniel. Don’t you walk away! I’m the one that loves the fans, I’m the one that loves everyone and everything! You’re the one that gets up and walks away every single time! You’re the coward! I am not a coward! I am your Intercontinental Champion and there is a reason I have the title. The reason: making this the most relevant, prestigious title that WWE has, and I deserve your respect on SmackDown Live! Get that camera right here!”

(CAMERA SWITCHES TO A CLOSEUP OF MIZ)

“Understand that this is day one forty-one of the never ending Intercontinental Championship world tour and I swear to you, I promise you, it will be the most relevant title on SmackDown Live! I could care less about those kids for the Tag Team Titles, and the Women’s Championship, and the WWE Championship. This is my show! MY SHOW! And I’m sick of all of you, my GM, sitting there, criticizing me, calling me the coward. You’re the cowards! I’m the one here, day in and day out, in that wrestling ring, beating people up. Thank you very much.”

(THE MIZ THROWS DOWN THE MICROPHONE AND STORMS OFF…)

All these years later and they’re still pushing each other to be better. The fire Daniel Bryan drew out of Miz was incredible. It led to pure passion.

These two are likely never going to be able to wrestle each other in a WWE ring again, but due to that promo, most of the fandom wants it. Their careers are forever linked in such a fascinating way. Their dynamic feels one hundred percent real. It’s always too good to ignore.


Edit (April 15th, 2017): Miz recently spoke with Foxsports.com revealing that the Talking Smack segment with Daniel Byran wasn’t exactly scripted! Here is what he had to say:

THE MIZ:

“You guys are getting an exclusive here, I don’t think I’ve ever told this. 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.”

He actually left. I didn’t expect him to leave — I expected him to hit me. The things I was laying in to him on were very below the belt and very mean and very rude, but when I go, I just go.”


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