Daniel Bryan starts to make his way to the ring with a determined look on his face. He’s getting set for battle against the handp-icked opponent from Kurt Angle in an effort to make up for not participating in the Survivor Series tag team match.
Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring with a microphone in his hand before Bryan can even get his jacket off.
Angle: “Daniel, do you realize how irritating it is to try and find someone to compete? It’s not that they are scared of you or anything, it’s because they don’t think it’s worth their time. That you are not worth their time. Personally, I’d be more than happy to just say screw it and give up on you, but I think you have what it takes to be great, so I’m working my tail off to get the best out of you.
After much searching and deliberation, I have found your opponent. Let me tell you something, Daniel. You know what made me a great competitor? It’s that I was multi-dimensional. Not only could I snap somebody’s ankle in two whenever I wanted, but I could also physically punish anybody I wanted, whenever I wanted, however I wanted.
I didn’t have to win by submission every night, I could win by pinfalls just as easily. So tonight, in your match, you have to win by pinfall. No more relying on your Labell lock to win the match; you must use your other talents to win. Double challenge night Daniel. 1. win the match, 2. win by pinfall. That is all. Good luck.”
Angle starts walking toward the back as Bryan’s opponent’s music hits. His opponent is Alberto Del Rio, and he’s smiling wider than ever before. He smirks at Daniel and gives him his patented wink, gloating about the fact Bryan can’t use the Labell lock.
Del Rio finally gets to the ring, and Bryan demands the referee to ring the bell to begin the match. The bell rings, and Bryan immediately charges after Del Rio in the corner. Del Rio ducks under the ropes, forcing Bryan off of him.
The two grapple back and forth for several minutes. They use sleeper holds and even some submission locks even though they won't win the matchup. Bryan looks frustrated and pauses, trying to figure out a way to deal with Del Rio.
In that time he pauses, Del Rio strikes with a vicious axe handle and then a German suplex. Del Rio works over Bryan, who seems distracted. Del Rio hits a nice DDT and gutbuster, but he can't get Bryan down for the three count.
Bryan reverses an enzuigiri attempt into a take down, and he thinks about a submission only to stop. He then decides to hit some big kicks to Del Rio as he begins to rise finishing with a loud roundhouse kick. The crowd goes wild, only for Bryan to get a two count.
Bryan doesn't know what to do as we cut to commercial. We return with Bryan on the top rope. He hits a missile dropkick for two, and he taunts to the crowd. As he tries to get Del Rio back up, he gets caught for a backbreaker attempt, which is reversed by Bryan into a small package, but again, only two.
The two look each other down again as they rise. Del Rio motions for a fist brawl, but Bryan uses his feet to try to keep Del Rio off balance. He circles him eventually hitting Del Rio with some stiff kicks and a European uppercut. He takes Del Rio down with a leg sweep and again plays to the crowd.
As Bryan positions himself, he hits a nice suplex and locks in the LaBell lock. Realizing his mistake, Bryan loosens the grip enough that Del Rio can lift Bryan up, reversing into position for the Cross Armbreaker.
Bryan is locked into the Armbreaker, unable to go anywhere, until his face suddenly lights up. He inches toward the rope, finally getting it. Bryan rises, and Del Rio starts to charge. Bryan hits a hard mule kick to the gut.
Bryan then goes around behind Del Rio and hits a perfect dragon suplex. The landing looks hard for Del Rio as the crowd goes wild. Bryan pins Del Rio and gets three.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match, Daniel Bryan."
Bryan celebrates in the ring as Angle claps on the entrance ramp, pleased. We go to commercial break.