On Monday night, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan was forced into a match by Stephanie McMahon, one night after his battle with Kane, against Alberto Del Rio.
The match itself was a bit long, but in the end the champ got the win, but Kane ended up making his presence felt. Here’s highlights of the action from the FanSided RAW live blog:
Bryan gets the upper hand on Del Rio early, working him over in the corner with some kicks before Del Rio turns the tables and starts beating down the champ.
He locks Bryan in a headlock in the middle of the ring before Bryan gets out, but he catches him with a spinning backbreaker. He drapes Bryan’s throat over the rope and takes a seat, applying the pressure.
Bryan gets it around once again and hits some more kicks in the corner, followed by a running knee. After some YES! kicks, Del Rio delivers another backbreaker.
On the outside now, Del Rio tosses Bryan into the barricade and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Del Rio is in control in the center of the ring. He goes for the pinfall, but only gets the two count. He goes to work on Bryan in the corner again. They’re doing a good job of making the champ look vulnerable in the ring.
Bryan gets the comeback going when he catches Del Rio coming off the top with a chop to the chest. Back on the outside now, Del Rio tosses Bryan right across the barricade as the ref continues to count.
Inside the ring, Del Rio hits a quick DDT and lowers the knee pad. He misses the kick and Bryan catches him in the back of the head with one of his own. When both men are up, they trade blows in the middle of the ring with Bryan winning that battle.
Now, they’re trading kicks again and Del Rio gets the better of Bryan in the corner.
Del Rio goes for a suplex off the top, but Bryan knocks him from the ropes. The champ hits the flying headbutt, but only gets a two count. Bryan then hits some running kicks in the corner, followed by a suicide dive on the outside.
Back inside now, Del Rio hits an enzigurai onto Bryan but can’t get the three count as Bryan kicks out again. Bryan then hits an amazing counter and locks in the YES Lock and Del Rio taps.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Following the match, Kane’s pyro hits and Bryan and Brie run to the back. They immediately jump into the car and the car won’t start. Bryan gets out to open the hood up and sees that the wire is cut. When he shuts the hood, Kane is in the backseat of the car. Bryan fights off Kane and gets into the driver’s seat and floors it with Kane still on top of the car. Kane falls off and Bryan walks toward him when Kane sits up! Bryan and Brie speed off to end the segment.
So now we’ve learned that they definitely intend to keep this feud going, at least for one more month. As of Monday, there are reports that the next match will be a Buried Alive bout, which hasn’t been used in a few years so that would be interesting to watch.