Bryan submits Jack Swagger with the Yes Lock.
Bryan pins Cesaro with a small package counter after an amazing match.
Bryan beats Ryback by disqualification after Ryback powerbombed him through a table. Cena made the save.
"I'll be fine on my own."—Daniel Bryan.
"I just want you to make it to SummerSlam in one piece."—John Cena.
"Tonight, I'm going to fight. And I'm going to win." —Bryan.
"Good news Mr. Austin. You are not the father."—Zeb Colter on Stephen Austin, the founder of Austin, Texas.
"You're just like these people—not afraid of a handout."—Colter on Bryan's title shot.
"He better not be worried about his next opponent. He better be worried about Jack Swagger."—Jerry Lawler.
"OU sucks! OU sucks!"—Fans. Does Swagger get that chant anywhere in the world but Austin, Texas?
"The train to the future or the train to the dead end?"—Michael Cole, discussing who Brad Maddox will sign with. Did he just call Mr. McMahon a dead end?
"Never go eye-to-eye with a goat. You're going to get headbutted."—Lawler.
"This is awesome."—WWE fans.
"Why don't you stay down?"—Cesaro to Bryan.
"You are a little man in a big man's world."—Ryback to Bryan.
"Ryback has a point...that's a true statement. But that little man has a lot of heart and fight in him."—Lawler.
"After a half hour fight you want to put this man through a table? How about you try doing that to me? You and me in a tables match."—John Cena.
"Maybe a friend?"—Vince McMahon, suggesting a match for Bryan.
"Daniel Bryan versus Kane?"—Brad Maddox clarifying Vince's intent.
"You're damn right."—McMahon.
Cesaro hits Bryan with a flying European uppercut. It was almost enough for me to download the WWE App. Almost Michael Cole. Don't get too excited.
Dueling European uppercuts were better than pistols any time.
Ryback sends Bryan thudding to the floor with a vicious powerbomb.
Make no mistake—this was a big night for Daniel Bryan. As a performer, he's ready to be at the top of the promotion. Tonight proved that. The only question that remains—are WWE fans ready?
The brass will be watching the television rating closely to see how the final hour performed. If there isn't a big drop off, the sky is the limit for Bryan.
But let's not get distracted by the commercial appeal of Bryan as a main eventer. Or at least, it can be set aside for one night, and let's enjoy his performance as a work of art. His bout with Cesaro was among the best I've seen this year, and he followed it up with a really strong performance against Ryback.
This was one of the most memorable single nights anyone has ever had in a Raw ring. No one is a better total package than Daniel Bryan. I hope this is the start of something special.