With the WWE Superstar Shakeup beginning tomorrow there has been a lot of discussion as to which Superstars will end up on which brand.
Dave Meltzer discussed the Superstar Shakeup on Wrestling Observer Radio and mentions that how things go there could also determine Daniel Bryan’s future, as it could be a clue as to how the company plans to use him as a competitor going forward.
Co-host Bryan Alvarez brought up that Daniel Bryan could be paired up with The Miz and placed into a feud with him that the company has been slowly teasing for years if they ended up on the same brand.
Meltzer replied to Alvarez’s statement by saying:
“You could do that, it’s kind of a real waste of Daniel Bryan though. You could do it but I don’t know. It’s like that was one of those things that it would be good but it also takes Daniel Bryan down at a level, once he’s at that level it’s kind of like he should be at a level way above Miz. I wouldn’t mind seeing them have a match but I would hate to see him bogged down with [The Miz].”
Alvarez then goes on to discuss how WWE needs to keep Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns apart and on separate brands for both Superstars benefit. Alvarez said:
“I could see them avoiding that, yeah. You know they got to figure something out with Daniel Bryan I mean he’s got to be… I think they should really have Daniel Bryan and Nakamura and AJ Styles in a 3-ways program […] but I would hope that you would do that because aside from the fact the matches should be really good it’s something — I don’t know I just felt something watching that show Daniel Bryan didn’t feel as strong as he should have. But at WrestleMania, he didn’t either. At WrestleMania he didn’t because of the way they booked him. On SmackDown he didn’t because they put him in this match with a one-hour notice that you know people weren’t ready for it and people didn’t react to it like a dream match.”
It was also discussed how Daniel Bryan’s program will need more promo time and a better build going forward. They then mentioned that a 3-way feud at the top that features Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, and AJ Styles seems like the best way for WWE to go on SmackDown LIVE.
(H/T our friends at Ringside.com for the transcriptions.)