Monday Night Massacre: The Tiegate Scandal

Nathan WintersContributor IIIApril 10, 2017

The headline is an obvious reference to the Watergate Scandal and its fallout. 

The now infamous Monday Night Massacre from WWE Raw quickly became the most prolific moment in the short life span of WWE's newest brand, NXT. 

What began as a match between two of the company's biggest stars, concluded with the systematic beat down and brutal destruction of its franchise, John Cena—and nearly everyone at ringside. 

The Conspirators—NXT winner Wade Barrett and the former NXT rookies. 

The ramifications of the m assacre ultimately led to the release of standout Daniel Byran a.k.a. Bryan Danielson, the former American Dragon on June 11, 2010. 

Wrestling Observer, among many others, reports, "that his release was due to Danielson strangling Justin Roberts with a tie during the segment on the June 7 episode of Raw—which WWE felt was too violent for their TV-PG programming." 

What I find strange, in fact, is that the now infamous Tiegate Scandal has become the accepted reason for Danielson's departure from the company. 

If it were indeed a legit release from World Wrestling Entertainment, it would have to come down to something outside the ring and behind closed doors.

Even being part of the Internet wrestling community myself, I find the ignorance of many online commentators almost comical to accept such an odd reason, even if it was indeed a work. 

Let's not forget, Daniel Bryan was never signed to the WWE (kayfabe ) in the first place. Like the other seven hopefuls he was part of a competition to become a contracted member of the Raw roster. 

Firing a man who was part of an uncontracted invading faction? From a worked storyline point of view—it doesn't add up. 

Releasing Daniel Byran, setting up an angle allowing him to return as Bryan Danielson? All this for a name change—it doesn't add up. 

So, looking at it as a worked angle designed to promote and expand on the NXT invasion and continued push of Byran Danielson—it doesn't add up.

Then given reason for his releasestrangling a man with a tie during a wrestling program —it still doesn't add up.

Looking at it from a logical perspective, the release of Daniel Byran a.k.a. Bryan Danielson is indeed legitimate in every sense. 

The legitimate reason for his release we may never know, but I know this —it's not for strangling a man with a tie.