Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan were set to sign the contract for their WWE Championship match at Hell in a Cell. Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and Shawn Michaels stood alongside them.
Orton was excellent during his opportunities to shine, playing a convincing threat. He promised that Bryan's first Hell in a Cell match will be his last. Bryan talked about where Orton would be without help from Triple H and others and how that would affect the WWE title situation.
This is where the spotlight shifted to Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Triple H told Bryan that like Edge and Chris Jericho, he could never be the true top guy. He refused to fight Bryan, saying he'd only suit him to fight a star.
Michaels wondered aloud what happened to his once rebellious friend. There was tension between the two and Triple H assured Orton that Michaels would "do the right thing" come Sunday.
Big Show then drove a big rig into the arena.
The crowd popped, but there seemed to be little reason for Big Show's entrance other than a distraction. Wouldn't Big Show driving over something with the truck have made for a bigger statement?
Bryan hits Orton with a flying knee and celebrates atop Big Show's monster truck.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"I am more than capable of smashing in that so-called face of the WWE," Bryan to Orton.
"Thank you for exposing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as the selfish, insecure, narcissistic, spoiled brats that they really are," Bryan.
"If any of those guys had been the face of the WWE back in the day, we'd all be working for Ted Turner right now," Triple H to Bryan.
"A monster with a monster truck!" Michael Cole on Big Show.
This segment reminded us of everything that is right and everything that is wrong about this current angle.
Triple H is incredible as a seething, vindictive villain. His smugness and the injustice he carries out makes it easy to hate him.
The problem is that too much of this contract signing centered around Triple H, Big Show and Michaels. The main players in the drama were too often standing in the background, props on the set.
WWE did well to make us wonder which direction Michaels will lead at Hell in a Cell, but Big Show got the biggest moment and Triple H and Michaels got the best lines to work with. It just feels like the company is afraid of letting Bryan grab the steering wheel on his own.