DANIEL BRYAN BACKSTAGE POLITICS
Name
Daniel Bryan
Real Name
Bryan Danielson
Date of Birth
May 22, 1981
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1999
Daniel Bryan

"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."

- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE

January 27, 2014
Daniel Bryan

There are those within WWE that feel that Daniel Bryan should be demoted back down to the mid card division.

November 8, 2013
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
John Cena
"He's a workhorse. He does incredible things for the company and he busts his butt. Outside the ring, I can't stand the guy. He's not a nice guy, he holds talent down. He steals ideas. He's a prick." - Tyler Reks discusses backstage politics with John Cena when he was in WWE
February 26, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Carlito
Those hoping to see Carlito making his return to the company some day are going to be quite disappointed, as it seems like he has very little interest in returning to WWE. The former US champion has been booked rather frequently on the independent wrestling circuit, and he reportedly is not interested in returning to the backstage politics that takes place in WWE.
February 8, 2014
Armando Estrada

"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."

- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE

January 26, 2014
Zack Ryder

There are many people within WWE that are impressed with Zack Ryder for how he has handled himself as a professional, despite being essentially buried by the company. He still shows up to work with enthusiasm, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.

January 1, 2014
Big E Langston

The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.

December 9, 2013
Road Dogg

As his powers within WWE grow, Road Dogg has now been backstage at both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.

November 4, 2013
Jeff Jarrett
There are talks within TNA that Jeff Jarrett regaining power within the company could force Eric Bischoff out.
October 27, 2013
CM Punk
With CM Punk not being on television for a couple of months now, his merchandise sales have been slumping a bit. That has enabled Daniel Bryan to move to the second spot on the list of WWE stars who move the most units. Management wants to try to close the gap between Bryan and John Cena, who sits at the top spot by a considerable margin.
April 24, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Over the last year, fans were clamoring for WWE to put the belt on Daniel Bryan, but management was always hesitant because they feared that he would lose some popularity once the chase was over. That fear has come true, as WWE has noticed that the reaction to Bryan has not been quite as overwhelming as it used to be. A title change could be forced soon.
April 24, 2014
Eric Young
A lot of fans are quick to point out the similarities between Eric Young winning the heavyweight championship and Daniel Bryan winning the heavyweight championship. However, people backstage in TNA are denying that there is a correlation. Company officials are standing by their stance that the move was done in order to surprise the fans.
April 24, 2014
Kane
A video from Monday Night Raw of Kane attacking Daniel Bryan in the opening segment. The WWE champion needed to take some time off, so management wrote him out of the story line temporary with the attack from the Big Red Machine.
April 23, 2014
Daniel Bryan
In order to build up further heat for the feud, Stephanie McMahon will be doing a segment on the next episode of Monday Night Raw, where she will be apologizing to Daniel Bryan for the assault by Kane. WWE might need to figure out ways to build the story line while Bryan takes time away from television to cope with the sudden death of his father.
April 23, 2014
Daniel Bryan
While he recently took some time off, WWE has allowed Daniel Bryan to spend further time away from the ring. The world heavyweight champion lost his father to a sudden death this week, and the company is allowing him the time needed to grieve. Bryan has been removed from the live events scheduled for this upcoming weekend, and there are rumors that he might miss Monday Night Raw as well.
April 23, 2014
Daniel Bryan
A video highlighting the career of world heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan. This is the Monster series from WWE.
April 22, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Even though he is not the WWE champion, John Cena is still headlining for the company. For the upcoming tour of Europe, there will be two separate groups and shows. Daniel Bryan, the current heavyweight champion, is headlining one, while Cena will be in charge of the other. He is being booked in matches against Bray Wyatt during this run.
April 22, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Hours before he was set to return to Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan received some awful news. His father has passed away suddenly. However, rather than taking off immediately to mourn the death, Bryan admirably insisted that WWE allow him to work the show tonight, in order to preserve the plans that were already in place. He might skip out on Smackdown to go be with his family.
April 21, 2014
Kane
While the company has yet to make it official, Daniel Bryan is expected to defend the WWE championship against Kane at Extreme Rules 2014. Since fans might view it as a lackluster match up, there are talks that management might turn it into a gimmick match, especially since that would fit in with the theme of the pay per view.
April 21, 2014
Daniel Bryan
The plans being penciled in backstage for Summerslam 2014 is for Brock Lesnar to make his return and challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship. Rumors going around right now is that Lesnar will be taking time off until about a month before the pay per view. The former UFC champion would then return and state that his next challenge in WWE is to go after the world title.
April 18, 2014
Randy Orton
Even though Daniel Bryan and John Cena are both expected to work their respective matches at the pay per view, Extreme Rules 2014 will be built around a huge six man tag team match featuring Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. WWE might even have Evolution and Shield closing out the show as well.
April 17, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since he is currently on his honeymoon with Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan is not on the list of WWE stars who are heading over to Saudi Arabia this week for a quick tour. Management event allowed him to skip Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week, despite being the world heavyweight champion. He is expected to be be with WWE by next Monday.
April 16, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since he was on such a roll, many wondered if Daniel Bryan was actually going to be given time off after his wedding to Brie Bella to enjoy his honeymoon. The WWE champion was not on Monday Night Raw this week, and there are rumors that the Total Divas camera crew were with him on his break. WWE filled in his spot by having Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton reforming Evolution.
April 16, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A video of Daniel Bryan celebrating his WWE Championship win with Hulk Hogan in the middle of the ring during the latest episode of Smackdown.
April 14, 2014
Eve Torres
This appears to be quite the year for divas getting married. First, Maryse Ouellet married her longtime boyfriend and WWE star Miz. Then, Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan tie the knot at a ceremony that will be shown on Total Divas. Over the weekend, Eve Torres married Rener Gracie. One of the reasons why Eve left WWE was to be able to spend more time with him.
April 13, 2014
Brie Bella
The big story line coming out of Total Divas this week is John Cena purchasing a house for Nikki Bella. The couple was the centerpiece of the reality television show earlier when Cena refused to marry Nikki, prompting wrestling fans to wonder if they were going to break up. Since Brie Bella got married to Daniel Bryan, Cena has to figure out ways to keep Nikki happy.
April 13, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Several WWE stars flew into Arizona on Thursday to attend the wedding of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. The event is being held in Sedona. A lot of the performers are able to be in attendance because WWE is not running a live event today. Several of the stars are heading out immediately to Texas to work a house show in Hidalgo on Saturday night.
April 11, 2014
Roman Reigns
A video from Monday Night Raw of the Shield rescuing new WWE champion Daniel Bryan from Triple H, Kane, Randy Orton and Batista. This is essentially the face turn of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
April 11, 2014
Brie Bella
Even though he had quite the emotional roller coaster and physical battle heading into Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan is not taking any time off, as the world heavyweight champion will be getting married to Brie Bella this Friday. The wedding will be filmed for Total Divas, and Bryan is expected to remain on the road for WWE as well.
April 9, 2014