Daniel Bryan is a member of the SmackDown writing team and a full-time WWE Superstar. Just because he’s on the writing team doesn’t mean that he wields a ton of power backstage.
Talksport recently spoke to Daniel Bryan about several subjects including his current position in WWE. Bryan admitted that he doesn’t have as much creative pull as some would think he does as a writer in the company.
“It’s interesting because, one, I don’t have that big of a say [laughs]. Sometimes something really great will happen on SmackDown and somebody will say ‘oh, that’s Daniel Bryan!’ Like, that’s not me! One part is our performers – we have incredible superstars. Cesaro is a no-brainer. When you say ‘Daniel Bryan helped Cesaro’ – no. All I did was ‘hey this guy is really good. We should put him on TV and use him!’ [laughs]. Apollo Crews, I don’t have anything to do with Apollo Crews stuff. He’s just great. But it is rewarding to see people that you know are talented get opportunities and knock it out of the park. There’s a certain joy to that.”
Daniel Bryan can pitch ideas, but that doesn’t mean Vince McMahon hears them all. There is a chain of command backstage and a circle to protect Vince McMahon guarded by Bruce Prichard. Daniel Bryan has obviously figured out how to navigate that system, but it doesn’t mean all of his ideas are accepted.