Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan hasn't been afraid to say what he thinks about the current product or specific superstars since returning to an on-screen role with the WWE.
From his calling out The Miz for "wrestling like a coward" on Talking Smack to criticizing John Cena for comments made over the summer, Bryan is sure to tell you what's on his mind at any time.
In an interview with Sam Roberts on The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, Bryan said that a big reason why wrestlers don't take the risk of speaking their minds on air is the lack of true competition to WWE.
"The reason why guys could do that before, like, say in The Attitude Era, because it’s like, ‘yeah, fire me – I’ll go to WCW’ or in The Territory Era, ‘yeah, fire me – I’ll go to a million different places,’ right," he said. "Now, ‘fire me – actually, please don’t fire me.’ Literally, I’ve been doing this since I was 18 [years old]. I don’t know how to do anything else."
Bryan also spoke about his overall goal with Talking Smack on the WWE Network, and using it to help bring the best out of the superstars who appear on it. You can listen to the full appearance on Stitcher.