Daniel Bryan is in agreement with just about everybody except the WWE brass who decided against it, that Finn Balor should have been on the main roster a long time ago.
“I understand that NXT is a very important part of our programming, and a very important part of the Network, but he was a Superstar when we signed him. Some people have to adjust to the WWE style,” Bryan told WWE’s Michael Cole (transcription via Wrestling Inc). “For a guy like Finn Balor, that takes no more than six months. He’s in the prime of his career right now. He just turned 35 the day he debuted on Raw, right? He should have been here a year and a half ago.”
Now Bryan thinks WWE is making the same mistake with two other of wrestling’s biggest and most veteran stars.
“Samoa Joe should already be here. Shinsuke Nakamura should already be here. Those are guys in their primes, and they’re down in NXT right now and they should be here, either on SmackDown Live or on Raw. And the longer we wait, the more bumps they take, the more bruises they get, and the more susceptible they are to injury.
“Everybody knows that there’s a finite amount of hits that you can take in your career,” Bryan noted. “You don’t know what that number is. The more times you take those hits down in NXT, the less hits you’re going to be able to take when you’re here.”
Bryan would know this just as well as anyone, as earlier this year he announced his retirement from pro wrestling as a result of the injuries he has suffered over his career, cutting it much shorter than he ever hoped.