An apparent source within the WWE has suggested that Bryan Danielson's release from the WWE may have been related to Bryan spitting in Cena's face during the NXT invasion angle.
According to the source, John Cena was upset that Danielson spat on him and complained to WWE management after the Raw event and may also have pushed for Danielson's release.
Cena has been very supporting of Danielson over the last few days on his twitter account and in interviews. The reason apparently is that Cena wishes to attract internet fans to become a 'babyface to the wrestling world'. His support for the likes of Bryan and Bourne is more than likely just a way to get over with the fans.
This is not the only reason Danielson was released, but it could well have played a significant role in the proceedings.
In an interview with fanhouse.com this week John Cena had the following to say:
“Well you have to understand, our programming across the board is TV-PG content, and anything that falls out of that TV-PG umbrella — we put a rating at the beginning of the show on our graphic that says TV-PG, so anything that even toes the line to being unacceptable from that, quite frankly needs to be removed from the program — because we pride ourselves on saying, for so long WWE has had the stigma of, ‘Yeah it’s fun to watch but I would never let my kid watch it.’ Collectively as a body, and as a business, we have taken the initiative to say, ‘You know what, I want your children and families to be able to come to our event because I truly believe we have the best value in entertainment. Jeopardizing all of that, it’s not worth doing something that falls outside the parentheses of TV-PG. That’s something that doesn’t fall in our lap, that’s something that has to do with the rating system.”
He goes on to say in another interview with "Busted Open":
“I agree with a lot of folks that the penalty may have been a little too severe,” Cena said. “The best advice I can give everybody — WWE is a business — is if the fans collectively want this young man back in the company, the ticketbuyers have the power.”
Now make of that what you will, but after reading that I wouldn't rule out John Cena complaining a little to WWE managment. But I don't think he pushed for the release even though a simple complaint, along with the choking incident would not have helped Bryan's case. I can't see Cena doing something like that personally but you never know.