This match had been in the works since NXT debuted in February 2010. Miz was Daniel Bryan's pro on the show. The two instantly clashed because Bryan believed himself to be better than Miz.
Bryan returned to the WWE at SummerSlam to fight with John Cena's team against the Nexus. Miz interfered in the match and caused Bryan's elimination, thus reigniting the feud between the two.
Miz and Bryan had phenomenal chemistry. Their match flowed very well and told an excellent story. After months of animosity between the two, Bryan and Miz finally met in the ring.
Near the end of the match, Miz accidentally knocked Alex Riley off the ring apron, knocking him out in the process. Miz rolled Bryan in a small package, gaining a close near fall. Miz then tried to pick Bryan up, but Bryan grabbed Miz's arm and trapped him in the LeBell Lock. Miz was forced to submit in the center of the ring.
Bryan vs. Miz not only ranks as the best United States title match in the history of the Night of Champions pay-per-view, but it is one of the best matches in the history of the event. The combination of top-notch wrestling one could expect from an "American Dragon" match and the great story told makes for a very memorable Night of Champions match.
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