Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan was a recent guest on the Sam Roberts Podcast, and the topic of discussion was the Smackdown Live post-show, Talking Smack, which is hosted by Bryan and Renee Young, and have been well-received for its looser, more relaxed format which has let some Superstars express themselves in ways they haven’t been able to on the regular shows. Bryan had some things to say about his role as host.
So my thing with Talking Smack is, I want our talent to look really good. So for example, Baron Corbin was on the show, not last week, but the week before, he was awesome. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It did great and the key is the show is not about Renee [Young] and I, like, we’re just hosts – we’re just there to bring stuff out of people, to help them.”
We’re willing to bet that the revelation that the non-wrestling characters should exist to promote the actual wrestlers probably came as a shock to some people involved in the Creative side of WWE. But is anyone even paying attention to the things being said on the at least partially unscripted show?
“Sometimes, yeah. I mean, sometimes, I just say things and then, sometimes in my earpiece it’s like, ‘why are you saying that?’ And then, it’s like, ‘oh’.”
To be fair, Bryan is retired and fairly set financially, so he has certain freedoms to “go off script” that active Superstars don’t, and he understands that.
“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? 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.”
All in all, it’s a very enlightening interview from a respected figure on WWE programming, and well worth checking out.