Back at ringside, Justin Roberts welcomes Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says she’s honored to introduce the most powerful member of the WWE, and the future World Heavyweight Champion, the King of Kings, Triple H. Hunter gets a pretty epic ring entrance, coming out of a giant throne in front of a huge metal skull in the background while intense classical music plays. Hunter has a couple of girls sitting around him on the throne. He’s wearing a crazy golden skull mask/crown, and a red robe. The girls take the robe off of Hunter, and he removes the crown/mask combo. The lights go out, and Hunter makes his way down the ramp to his normal entrance music.
Hunter actually gets a pretty favorable reaction from the crowd, as Stephanie stands in the ring, clapping for her husband.
Daniel Bryan’s music hits, and the fans are going wild, chanting ‘yes!’ and throwing their arms up in unison with Bryan as he makes his way down to the ring.
Singles Match, Winner goes on to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Stephanie scowls at Bryan, and gives Hunter a kiss before exiting the ring. The bell rings, and we’re ready to begin.
Hunter smirks at Bryan, and both men stare each other down while the fans chant for Bryan.
Hunter offers his hand to Bryan, but Bryan kicks it away and goes for a roll up, getting a two count. Hunter charges and backs Bryan into the corner. Bryan ducks a punch and kicks at Hunter’s chest until Hunter bails, heading to the outside, and into the arms of Stephanie. Stephanie tries to calm Hunter down and Bryan offers his hand to Hunter.
Hunter slowly makes his way back into the ring. We get another lockup and Hunter goes to work on Bryan’s taped up arm. Bryan fights out of the hold and knocks Hunter away with a dropkick before taking Hunter over with a headlock takeover. Hunter fights up to his feet, pushing Bryan off and taking him to the mat with a shoulder block. Hunter hits the ropes and runs right into a knee to the gut from Bryan. Bryan takes Hunter over with another headlock takeover.
Hunter reverses things with a headscissors, but it’s not long before Bryan fights out and gets Hunter into another headlock. Bryan and Hunter wrestle on the mat for a bit before standing. Bryan hits a couple of big uppercuts, and Bryan goes right back to the headlock. Hunter backs Bryan into the corner and buries his shoulder in Bryan’s midsection. Hunter slams Bryan’s arm down across the rope. Bryan comes back with a forearm and a couple of kicks, but Hunter grabs Bryan’s leg and jams it down into the mat. Hunter grabs Bryan’s arm and heads to the outside, looking to use the ring post, but Bryan pulls his arm back. Bryan hits Hunter with a dropkick through the ropes, sending him crashing back to the floor. Bryan goes to the apron and leaps off, planting Hunter with a flying tornado DDT.
Stephanie looks concerned, checking on Hunter. Bryan goes to the top rope and leaps off, front flipping right into Hunter’s face. Bryan hits the gound hard and immediately grabs at his ribs. Bryan brings things back into the ring for a quick two count.
Bryan heads to the top rope, but Hunter hits the ropes and crotches Bryan on the top turnbuckle. Stephanie is screaming at Bryan, trash talking him the whole time. Hunter clotheslines Bryan, sending him crashing out to the floor. Hunter follows out and takes apart the announcer’s table. Hunter sets up for a pedigree on the announcer’s table, but Bryan fights it off. Hunter grabs Bryan’s arm and jumps to the floor, slamming Bryan’s arm and shoulder into the announcer’s table.
Bryan struggles, but makes it back into the ring at 7. Hunter drives an elbow down into Bryan’s side, then drops a couple of knees to the injured body part. Hunter wrenches Bryan’s arm back, stretching Bryan while Stephanie looks on. Bryan won’t give up, and he fights to his feet and out of the hold. Hunter hits a knee to the chest and tosses Bryan into the ropes. Bryan low bridges Hunter and sends him to the floor. Bryan sets up for the suicide dive,but he runs face first into a big right hand from Hunter.
Hunter gets Bryan onto the apron, and he belly to back suplexes Bryan on the apron, keeping Bryan’s arm trapped behind his back the whole time. Bryan screams in pain while Stephanie continues to talk trash. Bryan still won’t give up, making it back into the ring at 9. Hunter goes right back to work on the arm, clamping on a modified cross face chicken wing.
Hunter drives Bryan o the mat and locks in a crossface. Bryan inches toward the ropes, grabbing hold and forcing Hunter to break the hold. Hunter waits to break the hold, using the ref’s count to his advantage. Hunter grabs Bryan’s arm and wrenches it hard, driving him down to the mat. Hunter picks Bryan up and hits him with a couple of big rights, backing him into the corner where he continues hitting Bryan in the face repeatedly. Bryan blocks a right and comes up with one of his own. Bryan and Hunter trade rights. Bryan ducks a clothesline and hits a flying forearm, knocking the Game to the mat.
Bryan scores with a couple of kicks, but Hunter kicks him back low. Bryan does his backflip, but Hunter sees it coming. Bryan is able to catch Hunter with a bridging German suplex for two, but he hangs on. We get a second bridging German for another two, but Hunter blocks an attempted third suplex with another cross face chicken wing. Hunter traps Bryan’s arms, and suplexes him back, dumping Bryan right on his head. Hunter goes for the pin, but he’s only able to get two.
Hunter picks Bryan up and seats him on the top turnbuckle. Hunter follows Bryan up and goes for a superplex. Bryan blocks it and both men get in a couple of shots to the ribs. Bryan flips through and takes Hunter over with a sunset powerbomb from the middle rope.
Bryan catches Hunter with a dropkick in the corner, then another. When he tries for a third, he runs right into a giant clothesline from Triple H.
Hunter picks Bryan up and goes for the pedigree, but Bryan fights out and rolls Hunter up for two. Bryan stands and kicks Hunter in the side of the head, dropping him to the mat. Bryan heads to the top rope, leaping off with a flying head butt. Hunter gets his knee up, and goes right back into the cross face. Bryan crawls toward the rope, but Bryan is starting to fade. Bryan tries to roll Hunter up, but Hunter rolls through and Bryan ends up back in the middle of the ring. Bryan crawls toward the other side of the ring.
Bryan refuses to give up, and he rolls Hunter up for two. Hunter breaks the hold, and Bryan transitions right into the yes lock. Hunter is screaming in pain. Hunter drags Bryan toward the ropes, and he’s able to grab on to them to force a break.
Hunter rolls out to the floor where he collapses. Bryan stands in the middle of the ring, hits the ropes, and flies through them with a suicide dive. Bryan heads back in and hits a second suicide dive. Bryan tattoos Hunter’s chest with a couple of big kicks against the barricade. Bryan sends Hunter into the ring and heads to the top, flying off with a huge missile dropkick. Bryan kips up, and kicks Hunter in the chest, getting big yes chants from the crowd. Bryan rears back and hits a big kick to the side of Hunter’s head, but it’s still not enough for three.
Bryan stands in the corner, and gets himself psyched up. Bryan goes for the flying knee, but he runs right into a spinebuster from Hunter. Hunter hits the pedigree and goes for the pin, but Bryan kicks out at two!
Hunter backs into the ropes, looking distraught. Hunter uses the ropes to stand, and Bryan catches him in a small package for two.
Hunter stands and picks Bryan up, dragging him into the corner. Hunter lays in with a series of right hands. Hunter picks Bryan up to his feet, and he goes for another pedigree. Bryan flips Hunter over into a pin for two. Hunter hangs on to Bryan’s arms and goes for the pedigree again, but Bryan drops to his knees. Hunter hits a couple of knees to the side of Bryan’s head, driving him to the mat. Hunter goes for the pedigree again, but Bryan reverses out with a kick to the side of the head. Hunter avoids another kick, and goes for a suplex. Bryan lands on his feet, and hits the flying knee, dropping Hunter to the mat. Bryan goes for the pin and gets the three count.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Bryan celebrates, and Stephanie is in, slapping Bryan across the face. Bryan smiles, but he’s attacked from behind by Hunter. Hunter grabs Bryan’s arm and puts it against the ring post. Hunter grabs a chair and whacks Bryan’s arm. Bryan grabs at his arm while Stephanie gives Bryan a frowny face. The trainer is in checking on Bryan while Stephanie and Hunter walk up the ramp toward the back.
Bryan walks to the back with the ref and trainer trailing him. Bryan yells that he’s fine, and we cut to a Mountain Dew commercial.