During a Raw that featured an excellent tag team match to open the show, plenty of CM Punk and Ryback as well as a change in management, two of WWE's best wrestlers delivered the best action of the night.
It's no surprise that Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan put on the match of the night.
They've been a wrestling purist's dream for much of their WWE careers. Their most recent clash was simply a thrill ride that was the highlight of the episode.
Both wrestlers seemed to have their inner gas pedals pressed to the floor.
In what was a combination of fantastic selling and unrelenting violence, Ziggler and Bryan wowed the crowd with intense moves with the echoing sound of flesh on flesh.
The IZOD Center crowd seemed unenthused for much of Raw. Ziggler and Bryan inspired a "This is awesome" chant from those same inconsistent fans.
Bryan brought out portions of his submission-heavy offense that he hasn't been using consistently. He attempted a surfboard hold and turned it into a face-stretching variation of the move. Bryan later slapped on a figure-four leglock.
A more varied repertoire from Bryan was a welcome sight that hopefully will continue.
Ziggler brought out some unfamiliar moves as well, delivering a beautiful avalanche facebreaker toward the end of the match.
When Bryan took an awkward spill outside the ring, squealing in pain while clutching his knee, Kane came out to assist him. It smelled like a truncated match was about to happen.
Rather than end the fun with a cheap finish, Bryan and Ziggler were allowed to fight on, intensely and majestically. Kane apparently was only at ringside for moral support.
Ziggler and Bryan gave us a display of brutal theater, flying at each other until they were both weary and drained.
At one point, Ziggler took a wild flight into the ring post.
It was a move that plenty of wrestlers would have held back on, but Ziggler went as hard into that post as he could without cracking open his skull.
The match ended when Kane's "yes" chants distracted Bryan just enough for a Ziggler Zig Zag.
What Bryan and Ziggler proved on Raw is that they don't need a storyline, a feud or any buildup at all.
They created a match where it didn't matter who won. It's hard to gripe about booking and who is getting buried when you're having so much fun watching the match.
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