In his first match after three years on the shelf, Daniel Bryan was victorious alongside Shane McMahon over Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a tag team match at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday in New Orleans.
Owens and Zayn took Bryan out early with a powerbomb onto the ring apron before the match officially started. The Beard came back with a vengeance, though, after McMahon had taken the brunt of the punishment from the heel pairing.
Eventually, Bryan hit the running knee on Zayn before getting the Yes! Lock on and forcing his opponent to tap out:
By virtue of Bryan and McMahon coming out on top, Owens and Zayn will remain fired from SmackDown Live.
McMahon and Owens had been at odds for months before WrestleMania, and things initially came to a head when they faced each other in a Hell in a Cell match. Zayn saved KO in that bout after Shane-O-Mac jumped from the top of the cell, and that truly set the wheels in motion for Sunday's contest.
Despite Owens and Zayn running roughshod on SmackDown Live and breaking every rule in sight, Bryan defended them on numerous occasions.
When McMahon attempted to use his commissioner powers to fire them, Bryan pleaded with Shane as general manager to give them additional chances.
It wasn't until Owens and Zayn brutally attacked McMahon a few weeks ago that Bryan finally came to the realization they were pulling the wool over his eyes all along.
After announcing he was finally medically cleared to wrestle, Bryan fired both Owens and Zayn from SmackDown. That decision didn't sit well with the Yep Movement, as they beat down Bryan and attempted to end his comeback before it even started.
Bryan managed to recover and said he would give Owens and Zayn the opportunity to win their jobs back due primarily to the fact he and McMahon wanted to get revenge on them.
Sunday's match was a huge deal for Bryan and WWE as a whole, and it couldn't have occurred in a more fitting setting.
The greatest accomplishment of Bryan's career came at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans when he beat Triple H in the opening match of the show before going on to defeat both Randy Orton and Batista in the Triple Threat main event to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Bryan hoisting the titles while confetti rained down in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was among the most memorable moments in WWE history, and he got the chance to perform again on that stage in Sunday's match.
As expected, the crowd was hugely behind Bryan, and it made for a fantastic environment that added to the enormity of his return.
It isn't yet known how often Bryan will compete moving forward or how he will be positioned, but he proved at WrestleMania he still has plenty left in the tank.
He also has momentum on his side after beating Owens and Zayn, and there is a valid argument to be made in favor of moving him toward the main event picture in the near future.
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