Daniel Bryan would ask to leave Smackdown if he wasn't being filmed as General Manager.
Daniel Bryan was away from his chosen career for three years. He had injuries which prevented him from competing because he was unable to be cleared by WWE doctors but in march he was finally medically cleared and stepped down as Smackdown General Manager. In an interview with Sport Bible, Bryan said the experience of being General Manager was weird.
"It was weird because as the GM they would play my music, sometimes I would get a really good reaction and it would make me smile sometimes but it didn't make me happy. There's a difference, right?," said Bryan.
While he appeared on Smackdown semi-regularly, Bryan said he would try to not be there if he wasn't needed for a segment.
"It was very difficult. I disliked it, strongly. I would try and leave as soon as I could and if I found out they might not have a segment for me on TV, I would be texting the writers being like, 'Hey can I just stay home.' A portion of that is not liking it and portion of that is because now I'm being away from Brie and my baby to do something I'm not passionate about. That was a weird mental thing for me," said Bryan.
In the rest of the interview, Bryan talked about his frustration of not being cleared and mentioned he bought a house in Washington partly because it would make for an easier flight to Japan.
The full interview with Bryan is available at SportBible.com.