Daniel Bryan & Vince McMahon (Photo by WWE)
Rumor: Vince McMahon “doesn’t see money” in Daniel Bryan because he’s small or weird or something.
Status: Debunked a couple weeks ago but now being discussed again because the rumors have been worked into a storyline.
This all started when Shawn Michaels said the following in an interview:
"I had a conversation a couple of weeks ago with the man in charge and we were talking about a certain individual and he goes, 'I just don't see money in him.' And I said, 'You said the same thing about me.' He said, 'I did not.' I said, 'Yes you did!' (laughs) I said, 'And it's okay. It's just one of those things.'
I wasn't your prototypical - heck, I wasn't anybody's prototypical main event guy, and I knew that. So, you just do your absolute best. Yes, I was very scared and very worried, which had a lot to do with how bad I handled stuff. I spent a great deal of my career waiting for the other shoe to drop, because it was a very real view of me and my ability and talent. I'm a firm believer that talent does rise to the top, but you have to be patient. So, I spent a great deal of time worried, intimidated, and concerned that with each passing storyline, it might be the last one."
With Michaels being Bryan’s original trainer and a strong supporter of him, everyone immediately speculated he was the subject of the conversation with Vince McMahon. The “I wasn’t anyone’s prototypical main event guy” line seemingly suggested size was an issue since Michaels was small by WWE standards when he started in the company in 1988. Well, Michaels responded to tweets asking about the rumors, saying none of this was the case.
That was that...until Monday. On this week’s edition of Raw, a backstage segment saw Triple H and Stephanie McMahon warn Brad Maddox that Vince would not be happy with him letting John Cena choose his SummerSlam opponent because he wasn’t a fan of who they expected Cena to pick. Since everyone expected Cena to pick Bryan and he did, in fact, actually pick Bryan, they were clearly addressing the rumors. The question now is if it’ll be an ongoing storyline or if it was just a nod to hardcore fans.