Triple H forced the WWE roster to watch what would happen to those who defied him. The Superstars saw Daniel Bryan take on Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and then Roman Reigns.
Dolph Ziggler, Big Show and The Miz refused to speak out against Triple H's evil empire, fearful of getting fired or being put in Bryan's position.
Bryan battled Rollins first, stretching him with the surfboard hold and pulling back on his neck. Bryan then charged around the ring, putting his foot down on the gas.
Once Rollins got the advantage, he began to slap Bryan in the face, telling him to "stay down." The Phoenix crowd rallied behind Bryan, and he responded with a stunning dropkick in the corner.
Each man countered the other, rattling the ring with big-time moves.
Bryan earned a hard-fought victory on Rollins only to look up to see Dean Ambrose stomping on him. He clamped on the Yes! lock and chaos soon erupted. The Shield traded getting disqualified for a chance to pound on Bryan.
All three of them mauled Bryan.
Triple H came out, seemingly daring Big Show or anyone else to defy him. Randy Orton followed him, vengeance on his mind. He took a few shots at Bryan and exited.
The show ended with The Shield hovering over a fallen Bryan, wearing the smiles of jackals.
Bryan wins by disqualification but ends the night flat on his back.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"We are about to witness the annihilation of Daniel Bryan."—Renee Young.
"Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan, Patriots have Brady, we have Randy Orton."—JBL.
Bryan hits Rollins with a suicide dive that sends him tumbling over the announcer's table.
Bryan hurls Rollins from the top turnbuckle with a German release suplex.
Big Show struggles to resist coming into the ring, equally embarrassed and angry about the situation.
Starting with Rollins was a wise move as he and Bryan have such engrossing chemistry. Their portion of the match was great. What followed seemed to be hurried, but it was still effective.
The emotion WWE was trying to get across buzzed on the screen.
Triple H was magnificent as the power-hungry executive, guilting Bryan's peers into inaction. The sense of injustice was powerful and raised the excitement level for what happens next.