WWE: Harrison's Top 10 Matches Of 2010: No. 9, Daniel Bryan Vs Dolph Ziggler
Good evening again Bleachers, Andre Harrison here again to continue my personal countdown of the vert best Top 10 WWE Matches of 2010. Now, since people have asked me, I shall let you and them know now that I WILL be posting on Christmas Day as well, so you can all have some more of your favourite fix. Now after my number 10 of Daniel Bryan vs The Miz yesterday, we fast forward five months to get to my number nine choice, again, featuring the American Dragon, Daniel Bryan! Number Nine, is Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler, from Bragging Rights 2010!
Okay, so after Daniel Bryan won the United States Championship at Night of Champions, he had to defend his Championship at the Hell In A Cell Pay-Per-View just two weeks later against John Morrison and The Miz in a Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere. The Miz tapped yet again and Daniel Bryan retained. Meanwhile, Dolph Ziggler had come off the back of retaining his Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston, also at Night of Champions.
Now since Bragging Rights is all about inter-brand promotion, Dolph and Vickie Guerrero appeared on RAW to challenge their United States Champion, Daniel Bryan to a match at Bragging Rights, each representing their brands. So at Bragging Rights 2010...
Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler (Champion vs Champion Match), Bragging Rights 2010
Was this Daniel Bryan match better than his match against The Miz?
Daniel Bryan chants from the crowd as they lock up. Ziggler works the takedown, using his collegiate wrestling skills to ground Bryan. Bryan locks in a heel hook and Ziggler gets the ropes, and then escapes to the floor. Back into the ring, Ziggler shoots the single leg and covers for 1. Ziggler working more grappling, reversal and Bryan almost gets the LeBell lock, but Ziggler to the floor. Bryan then goes to the apron, charges, leaps over Vickie and NAILS Ziggler with the flying knee. Back into the ring, dropkick by Bryan. Ziggler to the floor, stun guns Bryan off the ropes and then gets a neck breaker to get control back. Kicks by Ziggler and a cover for 2. Ziggler lays the boots to Bryan, chokes him out in the ropes and covers for 2. Ziggler works the headlock, but Bryan counters into a backslide for 2. Roll up by Bryan for 2. Inverted body slam by Ziggler gets 2. Ziggler works the chinlock now, crowd behind Bryan here, he fights to his feet, elbows out and Ziggler slams him back down. Hennig neck snap by Ziggler gets 2. Rights by Bryan, boot by Ziggler. Snap mare by Ziggler, poses, elbow drop connects and a cover for 2.
Ziggler locks up the body and works a choke now, Bryan to his feet, rights to Ziggler, off the ropes and a boot by Bryan. MISSES the charging dropkick in the corner and Ziggler covers for a close 2. Elbows to the head by Ziggler, covers for 2. Fireman's carry by Ziggler into a cover for 2. Ziggler flattens out Bryan and looks to lock up an arm, now looking for a choke. Bryan works to his feet, Bryan escapes and then Ziggler misses the corner splash. Kicks from Bryan, lights up Ziggler and a knee to the face and Ziggler is down. Bryan backflips out and gets the running kick. Leg lariat connects and a cover gets 2. Off the ropes, boot by Ziggler, but Bryan kick shim in the face. Springboard missile dropkick by Bryan gets a close 2! Bryan misses a kick, roll up by Ziggler for 2. SUPERKICK by Ziggler! 1…2..NO! Zig Zag countered, KICK to the face by Bryan and a cover gets 2. Bryan goes up top, Ziggler crotches him, rights follow.
Was this match worthy to be in the Top 10?
Ziggler up top with him, Bryan escapes, crotches Ziggler and up top now. Ziggler counters the top rope belly to belly into a cover for 2, Bryan rolls into a roll up for 2! SLEEPER by Ziggler, countered, and they COLLIDE mid-ring as they both went for a cross body. Both struggle to their feet, head buts by Bryan. They trade rights, kick by Bryan, but Ziggler rolls him up for 2. They trade pinning combos here, Ziggler gets a 3 count, BUT the foot was on the ropes for Bryan. He is not happy about this, argues with the ref, SLEEPER by Ziggler. Bryan rolls, fights, but Ziggler pulls him to the mat. Wraps up a leg, pulls him center, but Bryan rolls for the ropes. Ziggler and Vickie are upset, he yells at Bryan, who then gets the LeBell lock and Ziggler taps!
Winner: Daniel Bryan via Submission (LeBell Lock) - 16:15
Harrison's Analysis: This is the best performance I've ever seen from Dolph Ziggler, even more than his 2009 Summerslam match with Rey Mysterio. The match was as stiff as heck and was just 16 minutes of innovation, balls to the wall offence. That Superplex counter in mid-air was something wacky you'd see out in the indies. It didn't even feel like a WWE match, often because it was so energetic, especially as most of the product feels watered down. Not here. It was an incredibly fun and enjoyable match and I loved it, as well as their following two rematches on Raw and Smackdown the following week. What gives it the nod over The Miz match was the length. I think the Miz match needed another 3 of 4 minutes to make it truly epic.
Harrison Match Rating: **** Stars
Okay, so I'll be back here tomorrow on Christmas day to reveal my number eight, and if you don't come back tomorrow, which let's face it, is quite likely, to all my readers, thank you for all the support and have a wonderful Christmas. I've been Andre Harrison and thank you very much for reading. Sayonara!
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