Triple H first faced off with a frustrated Stephanie McMahon backstage. She questioned his decision-making and demanded that he right things Monday night.
In the ring, Triple H was collected as he talked about how much has happened between him and Bryan since SummerSlam. He said that none of it was personal. The COO said that Bryan couldn't understand the burden of his position.
He took a thinly veiled shot at CM Punk, saying that Bryan didn't take his ball and go home like others would have.
Triple H promised to shut down Bryan's uprising and put out his hand to shake. Bryan refused.
"The Game" said that Bryan earned his respect. McMahon came out, announcing that she was pressing charges against Bryan for his hijacking last week.
Uniformed officers strolled in as Triple H and McMahon bickered. They threw him to the ground, threw in a few punches and handcuffed him.
Triple H revealed that this was all a ploy. He ordered the fake cops to stand down as he stomped on the handcuffed Superstar.
Bryan tried to headbutt his way out of trouble, but Triple H mauled him, McMahon cheering him on. McMahon took a few shots of her own, tagging Bryan with slaps.
The beating ended with a Pedigree and a shirtless Triple H standing over his prey.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"Are you even thinking at all tonight?"—McMahon to Triple H.
"I'm not going to apologize one bit for what I do to you in that ring."—Triple H to Bryan.
"I have dumped a world on top of you, and yet you're still standing here."—Triple H to Bryan.
"This belongs to us. There is no Yes Movement."—Triple H.
With this ending, WWE churned up the anger in the audience, pumping up the desire to see Triple H get his comeuppance.
Before the nasty beatdown, Triple H said a lot of positive things about Bryan. This is one of the first times he has elevated him while elevating himself, even if was just a ruse.
McMahon was brilliant, from her irksome facial expressions to her getting into Bryan's face once he was down.
The shot at Punk was unnecessary, but other than that, this was an engaging segment that moved the story forward. Bryan has even more reason to want to beat Triple H, and the COO looks as merciless as ever after this.