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Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan joined Michael Cole on this week’s sit-down interview to discuss everything but the angle with The Miz on the Smackdown Live post-show.
WWE released the interview on Friday, and the interview appeared to be taped earlier in the week before events on Tuesday’s Smackdown episode.
The interview mainly focused on the general performance of Smackdown Live through one month. Plus, Summerslam events, such as Shane McMahon running into the ring to confront Brock Lesnar, who dropped Shane with an F5. Bryan says he wishes he were cleared to compete so that he that could have confronted Lesnar since that’s his ultimate dream match of David vs. Goliath.
Bryan also took exception to WWE keeping stars like Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Samoa Joe down at NXT when they should be on the main roster. Bryan made the point when asked about Finn Balor’s serious shoulder injury in his first month on the main WWE roster.
“The most tragic part to me is that it happens as soon as he gets up here. One of the things that really upsets me about the whole situation is Finn Balor should have been up here a year-and-a-half ago,” Bryan said.
“I understand that NXT is a very important part of our programming and a very important part of the Network. But, he was a Superstar when we signed him. Some people have to adjust to the WWE style, but for a guy like Finn Balor, that takes no more than six months. He’s in the prime of his career; he just turned 35 the day he debuted on Raw. He should have been here a year-and-a-half ago.
“Samoa Joe should already be here. Shinsuke Nakamura should already be here. Those are guys in their primes and they’re down on NXT right now. They should be here. The longer we wait, the more bumps they take, the more bruises they get, the more susceptible they are to injuries.
“Everyone knows there is a finite number of hits that you can take in your career. You do not know what that number is. The more hits you take those hits down at NXT, the (fewer) hits you’re going to be able to take when you’re here.”