On the recent edition of WWE’s Talking Smack on the WWE Network, Daniel Bryan, the current Smackdown General Manager, was asked about his opinion on part-time performers who are currently on the active roster.
“Around Wrestlemania time, all these people who are part-timers come in and they take the best spots at Wrestlemania.”
He went on to praise Dean Ambrose, who is at every show including live events, but during Wrestlemania, he is bumped off for part-time talent coming in, and Bryan didn’t think that was fair.
On February 8th, 2016, on an episode of Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan stood in front of the live crowd to announce his retirement due to concussion-related seizures. Despite his underdog persona, he was highly admired for his work ethic, including rarely missing any live performances and being on the road close to 300 days a year.
While Daniel Bryan was a full-time wrestler, he often criticised those who were not willing to put in the work to get to where he was. Continuing with his Talking Smack segment, co-host Renee Young pressed Bryan about the part-time performers a little more:
“I had this issue when I was a full-time wrestler, and I still kind of have this issue today.
Bryan was referring to his dislike for those who aren’t willing to put in the work that he did but were still inserted into the spotlight on a Wrestlemania card.
Later, Bryan did change his tune, stating that he feels a little bit differently regarding John Cena and that Cena doesn’t necessarily deserve the criticism because he is someone who works harder than anyone else.
All Bryan has indicated, now that he is a General Manager instead of a performer, is that he wants to see a mix of talent from part-timers to full-time performers, earning their spot at a Wrestlemania.