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Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura Wrestle Dark Match After WWE SmackDown

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

In this April 6, 2014 photo, Daniel Bryan reacts during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans. Bryan was on top of the wrestling world when he won the WWE championship at WrestleMania in 2014. But he is finished just two years later at 35, a victim of at least 10 concussions that ended his career and showed how real-life injuries interrupt fantasy endings.  (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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A dream match between Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura unfolded Tuesday after SmackDown Live and 205 Live went off the air.

According to Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com, Bryan and Nakamura locked horns in a dark match that lasted no more than 10 minutes.

Giri tweeted the following photo of the contest:

Raj Giri @RajGiri_303

.@WWEDanielBryan facing @ShinsukeN in a dark match after tonight's #205Live @WrestlingInc https://t.co/VoW63lBYxC

Bryan was ruled the winner by disqualification after the King of Strong Style hit him with a low blow.

Before Tuesday, Bryan and Nakamura had never clashed in a singles match.

Bryan had said on multiple occasions that Nakamura was the opponent he most wanted to face, and after it was announced Bryan had been cleared to return from a head injury in March, Nakamura tweeted the following:

Shinsuke Nakamura @ShinsukeN

This is great news. No one needs to wish anymore. They can see it with their eyes. #NakamuravsBryan

Although Bryan and Nakamura crossed paths in tag team matches in Japan previously, they are now two of the world's biggest singles stars.

Bryan was fresh off a record-breaking performance at the Greatest Royal Rumble in which he entered first and was the penultimate Superstar eliminated.

He did not appear on SmackDown, and it was announced he wasn't cleared to compete, but that was clearly a storyline given that he wrestled after the show.

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Bryan is scheduled to face Big Cass at Backlash on Sunday.

Nakamura has been embroiled in a feud with AJ Styles over the WWE Championship, and they are set for the No Disqualification match at Backlash.

Provided The Artist emerges victorious and becomes WWE champion for the first time, Bryan stands out as an ideal opponent once Nakamura's feud with Styles is over.

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