Bryan Danielson says the original plan for a Talking Smack segment in 2016 involved him striking the Miz.
The August 23, 2016 edition of the show featured an altercation between the two. Danielson criticized Miz for wrestling a "soft style" while Miz responded by telling Bryan he should quit WWE and work in "bingo halls." The segment ended with Danielson walking off the set.
During a live episode of The Sessions with Renee Paquette at Starccast V, Danielson revealed new details regarding the episode of Talking Smack.
"Part of me doesn't want to let the cat out of the bag but part of me loves the story," Danielson said.
"Miz was very frustrated. He was Intercontinental Champion and wasn’t being on TV much. I was very frustrated that they weren’t clearing me to wrestle despite numerous doctors having cleared me to wrestle. I understand why but that’s a long story, anyway."
"We came up with this thing and the original plan that Mike and I had come up with was I was going to f***ing deck him."
"We wanted to get under each other’s skin so much that it was plausible that I would legit be angry enough to punch him, and so that was the intent. Then I was going to punch him, and the idea was either they’re going to fire me or it’s going to make people want to see the match so much that they’re going to have to clear me to wrestle."
"But then Mike did such a great job, intuitively, I felt it was better to walk off. Because it was also like, this is so good, leave him with his heat."
"Mike and I don't like each other, legitimately," Danielson continued.
"Mike is also somebody that I respect a lot for working very, very hard."