Despite a layoff from the ring that lasted more than 10 years, Stephanie McMahon was able to defeat Brie Bella on Sunday night at SummerSlam.
McMahon hadn’t wrestled since No Mercy 2003.
WrestlingINC.com broke down the wild finish:
#SummerSlam: Brie had victory in hand with the "Yes lock" until Triple H bounded in and broke it up. Then...KABOOM! Nikki turned on Brie!— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 18, 2014
And you guys were right! Nikki Bella turns on Brie, Stephanie hits the pedigree for the win! #SummerSlam— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 18, 2014
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel snapped a pic of the action:
These ladies are mean to each other! pic.twitter.com/CwaK6OClaR— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 18, 2014
NXT Diva Joseann Offerman wasn't a fan of how everything went down:
I thought blood is thicker than water. Guess not. #BrieVsSteph— Joseann Offerman (@ItsJoseann) August 18, 2014
The feud between these two women dates back to WWE Payback when Brie quit the WWE and slapped McMahon over the treatment of her husband Daniel Bryan. Following Brie’s departure from the company, McMahon made it her duty to stack the odds against the other Bella Twin, Nikki, on every occasion possible.
The storyline took off when Brie was visiting Raw to support her sister on July 21 and McMahon came down to ringside and slapped her. Brie pressed charges with the local police and McMahon was arrested on live television.
Triple H and Stephanie came out the following week and asked for Brie to drop the charges, but Brie wouldn’t do so without being rehired and getting a match at SummerSlam against one of the principle owners of the WWE.
Brie got her wish, but it didn’t turn out how she expected.
Despite the loss, this will be far from the end of this feud. During the go-home edition of Raw, McMahon introduced Daniel Bryan’s physical therapist Megan Miller to the storyline.
Should Stephanie McMahon fight Brie Bella again at Night of Champions?
It was a clever move by McMahon to get revenge for the same embarrassment and likely sets the stage for another match between these two women at Night of Champions in September.
After a solid match at SummerSlam, Round 2 should be exciting.
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