In one of the biggest surprises of the night, Bray Wyatt defeated former WWE champion Daniel Bryan at the 2014 Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Wrestlezone.com tells us how the match ended and gave a knee-jerk reaction:
Wyatt hits a second Sister Abigail in the ring and picks up the clean pin fall. Fantastic match. Great showing for both men. #Wrestlezone— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) January 27, 2014
Wonder if that will be spoken about in 12 months time as a match of the year candidate. That was all kinds of good, had everything— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) January 27, 2014
After the match Bryan took to Twitter to vent his frustrations:
Sorry guys, the machine wanted me nowhere near the Royal Rumble match. But I thank everyone for their support. YOU are the #YESMovement— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) January 27, 2014
They try to keep US down and away from the top spots, but they can’t ignore the reactions forever. Keep voicing your opinions. #YESMovement— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) January 27, 2014
This storyline has faced plenty of trials and tribulations along the way, and it doesn’t look to be over yet. There is no way the WWE would allow Bryan to take the loss and not avenge it over the next month during the build to Elimination Chamber.
Bryan has stood up against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan throughout this process, but eventually was forced to succumb to the pressure of joining the trio. After costing the team several victories, Bryan revealed that he was working against the Wyatt Family from inside.
Daniel Bryan took to Twitter to call out Wyatt before their match:
The culmination of this ruse came to a head at Raw on Jan. 13 when Bryan attacked Bray in the steel cage before leading the entire arena in “Yes!” chants. While a loss right now is tough for many fans to swallow, this could be the sign of very big things.
The hope now is that Bryan simply beats Wyatt in a Raw rematch and is launched back into the WWE Championship scene at Elimination Chamber. With six men entering the match, Bryan should be fighting for the world title, or at the very least No. 1 contendership.
As crazy as it sounds, this loss could also be setting Bryan up as a surprise entrant for the Royal Rumble match later in the night. If that’s the case, the former WWE champion is the instant favorite to win.
Match Grade: A
Bryan and Wyatt have worked together sparingly over the past month, but the duo’s chemistry at the Royal Rumble was excellent. While many fans will instantly give all the credit to Bryan for a superior match, Wyatt more than carried his weight in this bout.
Wyatt proved once again that he can be a viable competitor against the most talented in-ring technician in the business today. He also answered the doubts that he would be able to live up to the expectations set by previous Bryan PPV matches.
The duo’s Royal Rumble bout made both Bryan and Bray look strong.
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As well as Wyatt handled the pressure of squaring off against a top star, it was once again Bryan and his control of the crowd that made this bout memorable. The crowd is in a frenzy every time Bryan hits the ring, and it was on full display in Pittsburgh.
There have been few stars in history drawing as much attention as Bryan—the recent crowd reactions have been comparable to Stone Cold Steve Austin’s during the Attitude Era—and it’s just a matter of time before the WWE cashes in on his success by pushing him to the moon.
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