On the latest Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross spoke about the long rivalry between The Miz and Daniel Bryan. It’s a feud that’s lasted over a decade now and still feels fresh after all these years.
Whether it boils down to their philosophies regarding professional wrestling, the way they came up in the business, or who they are outside the ring, they couldn’t be any more different. The Miz vs Daniel Bryan is one of the last WWE rivalries to still feel somewhat real.
Even though they’ve stepped away from one another, for the time being, WWE can always go back to it to get fans invested again. JR praised the feud, saying:
“Look at the background, look at their journey’s. What route did Miz take to get to his destination, and compare that to Daniel Bryan to get to the same destination. I don’ think Daniel Bryan totally respected Miz in the early going because of Miz’s journey.
“Let’s be honest about it – the greatest goal Miz could have is to be as good, or as close to good, as Daniel Bryan in the ring. That could go for 99% of the roster. It was real and that’s the thing that made it work. I didn’t believe these two cats were bull****ting me. I didn’t believe they were doing a wrestling promo; I felt like they were talking realistically and honestly to me and they were bearing their souls.”
Jim Ross has respected Bryan for quite a long time, and always had great things to say about the multi-time WWE Champion. Again, JR spoke highly about the Leader of the Yes Movement.
“He’s as good as there is. Everyone’s got their opinion – I’ll give you mine here. I think [Daniel Bryan] is one of the best top four or five guys in the world. I’m a big fan of Daniel Bryan.”
(H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription)