The pre-show events that happen before the pay per views generally give fans a recap of matches that will occur on the card. Every now and then, something happens that goes off of the script and presents a very awkward situation for both those involved, as well as the spectators. This is what transpired during the prelude to the SmackDown-exclusive Tables, Ladders, and Chairs (TLC) event.
During a conversation of analyzing the No Disqualification match between Nikki Bella and Carmella, Booker T gave his thoughts on how both combatants have something to prove. While Booker T called Nikki the biggest fish in the lake, he stated that Carmella is proverbially vying to grab the big bass and mount it on her wall, similar to what he had done in the past while fishing.
He also stated that Nikki has something to prove regarding her physical capabilities.
“Nikki is gonna have to go out there and prove she still got what it takes. Coming off a neck injury, that kind of injury norm… look at Daniel Bryan. He’s sitting right here with us. Normally an injury like that would put you on the shelf. She’s got to prove that she’s 100 percent and ready, battle-tested, and see if she can go out there and hack it.”
This caused a very bewildered look from Bryan during his spiel on Nikki.
Booker T would then ask Bryan if he is alright, and Bryan gave the response of, “Yeah. I’m good.” Renee Young would also ask Daniel Bryan if he was fine, and publicly state that it was a weird moment, and Bryan responded again that he is fine.
“I thought he was asking me if my neck was okay. I’m like, yeah, I’m doing great! I just did Jiu Jitsu last week. I’m good!”
Daniel Bryan has been very vocal of his desire to return to the ring. In February, he was forced into retirement at just the age of 34 due to WWE not being comfortable enough to clear him from a series of concussions that he has suffered throughout his career due to his wrestling style.
Daniel Bryan has always been a person who feeds from the energy of the crowd, and he stated that during his retirement speech (h/t Reddit).
“I am very grateful, and I’m grateful because wrestling doesn’t owe me or anybody back there, it doesn’t owe us anything. WWE doesn’t owe us anything. Nobody owes, you guys don’t owe us anything. We do this because we love to do this. And then it was strange, because I did this because I love to do this, and then all of a sudden you guys just got behind me, in a way that I never thought was possible, in a way that fans shouldn’t necessarily get behind a guy who’s 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds. You guys got behind me in a way that made me feel that I was more than just me, and for that, I’m grateful.”
While Booker T has always been very fond of Daniel Bryan, as shown during his commentary while on SmackDown, mentioning Bryan’s next injury did seem to hit a sensitive spot for the former multi-time world heavyweight champion. Bryan has even mentioned recently that accepting the SmackDown Live General Manager role was not an initial choice of his, but he has learned to embrace it.
Perhaps WWE may give Bryan an opportunity to wrestle one more match for the company and gain retribution from the verbal attacks he has been receiving over the past few months from The Miz. Surely, if offered, he would salivate at the chance to execute one more Yes! lock for the fans in a wrestling match.
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