In the last episode of Friday Night Smackdown there was an interesting meeting for the Intercontinental title between Gran Metalik and AJ Styles. Insiders and the public have not overlooked that this is the second consecutive week in which the Mexican wrestler is used on TV and has a priority role and not just an appearance.
Actually Vince McMahon has never particularly liked Gran Metalik and in general none of the members of the Lucha House Party, but the truth is that we will see these athletes more on TV thanks (or because) of Daniel Bryan.
In fact, it is said that it was Daniel Bryan who pushed to see the match valid to become the #1 Contender in the IC title of the last few weeks, where Gran Metalik vs Lince Dorado vs Shorty G vs Drew Gulak competed.
Daniel Bryan behind mid-card pushes?
With the victory of The Crown Jewel of Lucha Libre we had a new challenger for AJ Styles, a creative situation born under the indications of the well-known wrestler from Aberdeen (Washington State).
As WrestlingNews.co reports, it seems that the feud between Drew Gulak and Daniel Bryan was made at the request of the latter and that in recent times The Yes Man has acquired much more influence within the blue show. Here is what reported by a source close to WWE: "Daniel Bryan launches many of his ideas, sometimes Bruce Prichard and Vince McMahon reject these ideas while sometimes we notice that many of the things that the wrestler thought are used then during the shows."
In the coming weeks, it seems plausible that fans should expect to see some of the lesser-used talents at SmackDown, and even Vince McMahon, after meeting with the investors, gave a serious opening to the use of these characters.
It would not be surprising if in the coming weeks Metalik and Dorado became the protagonists of a feud with Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, and that the SmackDown Tag Team Championship title will also be up for grabs. A WWE Source told Wrestling News in February, 'Bryan pitches a lot of his own ideas.
Sometimes Vince (McMahon) and Bruce (Prichard) will turn down an idea but a lot of the things he has pitched have been used on TV.' Hopefully, WWE continue to listen to people like Bryan and more under-utilised stars like Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, Naomi and many others are given a chance to be more than just a body for other top stars to overcome.