Bryan learns tough lesson
Randy Orton pinned Daniel Bryan after Bryan's original trainer, guest referee Shawn Michaels, double-crossed his former student and delivered his patented "Sweet Chin Music" superkick to the "Yes" man, allowing Orton to capture the WWE heavyweight championship at last Sunday's Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.
The swerve at the end continued the months of frustration for Bryan and his loyal fans, as he seemed to have won the title on a couple of occasions only to have it snatched from his grasp for dubious reasons that seem at this point to be part of an inordinately protracted tease with unlimited selling never quite leading to the satisfaction of a proverbial hot tag and comeback.
As if to try to somewhat mollify fan displeasure for the main event, John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio to win the world heavyweight championship earlier on the show. At least the half of the WWE universe that loves to cheer Cena could be happy.
C.M. Punk also upended Ryback and did a number on Paul Heyman with a kendo stick on top of the cell structure.
Goldust and Cody Rhodes managed to survive as tag champs during a three-way with the Usos and the Shield when Cody pinned Seth Rollins. Big E Langston was originally scheduled to challenge Curtis Axel for the I.C. belt, but Axel was injured and unable to defend. Instead, Langston unsuccessfully challenged Dean Ambrose for the United States title when Shield interference led to a disqualification. A.J. Lee retained her Divas crown by getting Brie Bella to tap out.
Damien Sandow bested Kofi Kingston, and Kane returned to clean house on the Wyatt family, minus Bray, who is injured, but did appear on the big screen. Kane also destroyed the Miz while he was out there. Los Matadores upset Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger. Summer Rae and Fandango beat Natalya and the Great Khali.
At Raw on Monday, Shawn Michaels tried to explain why he did what he did to Bryan at HIAC. Essentially, he said he would always be best friends with Triple H and that Bryan needed to learn a final lesson from him not to ever trust anybody in the business. After considering the explanation ever so briefly, Bryan applied the Yes Lock to the Heartbreak Kid to the delight of most of those in attendance.
The rebuilding of John Cena as Superman continued on Raw as he fended off an attempt by Damien Sandow to cash in his Money In the Bank briefcase and take advantage of the "injured" arm of the hardest working man in WWE. Cena put in a super-human effort to defeat Sandow in a ppv worthy bout.
Over at TNA, Dixie Carter announced that A.J. Styles was stripped of the heavyweight title he just won at Bound For Glory because he wouldn't sign a new contract. Where have we seen this angle before? It is bad enough they both just did the overdone contract- signing angle. The main advantage of having two major promotions is to have some variety, but with them each copying each other so often, it negates such hopes.
So, TNA will hold a tournament to crown a new champ. At some point, Styles returns and we get a dispute over who is the rightful kingpin. Something tells me this only has a chance of being interesting if Samoa Joe or Austin Aries win the tourney because they could have the best matches with Styles, but that's just one guy's opinion.
On the indy scene, there is a show at the Silo Nightclub along Rt. 183 near the Reading Airport next Saturday. Unfortunately, I can't say I recognize any of the names advertised. There are also rumors of the return of the PCWA local organization with a card scheduled for late November according to the company website on Facebook. More details to come.
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