Bryan Danielson vs. The Miz

Paul AustinCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2010

By now, most of those interested have read Danielson's blog on his release, but for those who haven't, here it is repeated below:

"WWE has come to terms on the release of NXT first season rookie Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) as of today June 11, 2010. We wish Daniel Bryan the best in all future endeavors." 

Posted by WWE .com

"Since this statement was released I've been bombarded with messages asking me if it's real, and by now I'm sure most people know it is.

WWE is very serious about adhering to their PG guidelines, and apparently my actions during the NXT attack on John Cena , namely choking announcer Justin Roberts with his tie and spitting in Cena's face, crossed the boundaries of what is considered "PG." Perhaps the choking was too violent or perhaps the spit was too demeaning. I apologized for both immediately following the incident; I would be a hypocrite if I apologized for putting everything I have into the attack. I would much rather have gone too far than to come up too short.

As with anyone who gets fired from their job, especially when they feel it's unjust, I am angry. Very angry. But I can't fault WWE for how they handled my release. My contract contained a 90 day no-compete clause in the event I was let go, yet the WWE has graciously allowed me start wrestling again on any show that's not taped for television or pay per view.

So with the negatives there also some positives. Before I got signed by WWE last October, I worked hard to bring new fans to independent wrestling. But with most of us having little national exposure the only thing we could do was wrestle our hearts out and hope for word of mouth. Now that I've appeared on WWE television in front of millions of new fans, things are different. My goal is to garner as much interest in independent wrestling over the next 90 days as I possibly can.

I hope that some of the people who enjoyed watching me wrestle on TV will give independent companies such as Evolve, Dragon Gate USA, and Ring of Honor a chance. I think most of you would enjoy the intimacy between the fans and the wrestlers and the intensity of the action; if you ask the fans who went to the Chikara or AIW shows I was on this weekend, I'm sure 99 percent of them had a great time. So if you've never been to an independent show, go ahead and dip your toes in... you might find that the water is pretty nice.

As far as what happens after 90 days, nobody knows. I've "heard" that TNA is interested. There are petitions going around to get me back into WWE and the last several weeks there have been fans chanting my names at their shows. People have even brought signs showing their support. And though most of the signs get taken away and though WWE may not be listening to your chants or petitions, I truly appreciate all the support over the last several weeks. It is both overwhelming and heartwarming.

But regardless of what offers come in, I am in no rush to make any rash decisions. I enjoy my freedom as much as I enjoyed the benefits offered by being in WWE . My future, as usual, is uncertain. But I am enjoying my return to the independents. I'm hoping to see some of you there."

However, Danielson isn't the only person to have talked about his release. In the last few days, as The Miz, in an interview with ESPN, when asked about the incident offered the following:

"He was fired. He deserved to be fired. I don't see him on Raw, do you? I don't see him on Smackdown, I don't see him on NXT. He's goner. Go back to the independents where you belong."

Now I know that Miz's current character is a loud mouthed bore, so the above statement is in keeping with that character, but alongside quotes from Chris Jericho, and others on the matter, it's now clear that the period of silence is over, and that all sides are open to talk about the matter candidly.

I have to commend Danielson on his blog.

A lot of people have made up a lot of stories about what happened, but I'm glad that Danielson has set the record straight, even though it might puncture some of the vitriol that's been aimed at WWE.

I am not surprised that he has been honest about what happened, but I particularly applaud him for the line where he states quite candidly, "I apologized for both immediately following the incident; I would be a hypocrite if I apologized for putting everything I have into the attack," acknowledging there were secondary issues involved, as reported by some, namely his refusal to compromise his principals, and to apologize for things he felt he had no need to.

By doing so, making more sense of what happened for those who were seeking answers.

I also applaud him for the line "But I can't fault WWE for how they handled my release," because it would have been all too easy for someone who would obviously be angry about such a thing to be vindictive, rather than show the humility and honesty that Danielson has done with that line.

Hopefully now that Danielson has confirmed what some others have said for a long time, people can drop some of the more strange conspiracy theories that were floating about, and move on in the way that Danielson appears to have done.

On the other hand, I understand the Miz was speaking in character, considering the relative recentness of the incident, and considering what happened had an impact on a man's livelihood, I feel he could have been more sensitive, even without breaking character.

He could have just answered that he was not there to talk about Danielson, but instead to talk about the Miz, because he's awesome! Or something along those lines.

However, what's done is done, and maybe it tells us that the Danielson marks are beginning to have an effect with their chants and actions, although maybe not the effect they were planning on.

Maybe it's just starting to annoy a locker room, and slowly close the door on any return that was previously open for Danielson?