When Daniel Bryan won the WWE championship from AJ Styles on SmackDown Live last week, it set him up for a date with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at tonight’s (Sun., Nov. 18, 2018) Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It’s a match Bryan has wanted for years, dating all the way back to 2014 when he was forced out of action due to injury.
He’s back now, and the universe lined up just right to give him this.
Well, he’s fully in shithead mode, and it’s hugely entertaining. That meant not doing the “YES” chants, not playing to the crowd unless it was to be a shithead, and taunting Lesnar as he was making his entrance.
Then, Lesnar grabbed him, dropped him with a hard right, and then took him to Suplex City. The first German suplex looked awful, and Bryan landed right on his neck/head. He was getting thrown all around, and maybe that’s what he wanted out of this. To take the punishment.
Commentary played it up big too, talking about how uncomfortable they were watching it.
Lesnar acted like he was going to end it, picking Bryan up and shouting “good night, everybody” before hitting an F-5. When he covered him, however, he only allowed it to go to two before picking the WWE champion back up for more punishment.
Bryan finally showed some life with a couple kicks to the head as he was flat on his back. Brock got him back up and his next F-5 went awry when Bryan hit the referee. He used this to his advantage, a blatant low blow coming next — that’s how he won the title last week — and following up with the running knee.
For a two count.
Lesnar was finally hurt, though, and Bryan responded with repeated kicks, stomping Brock’s head into the mat. He had the advantage now, and while Lesnar’s power continued to be difficult to overcome, Bryan stayed after it with offense from everywhere, like a running knee off the apron.
Bryan’s offense was relentless, with running knee after running knee and never able to get the pin on it. What’s more, the YES Lock couldn’t get the tap either. He spent a LONG time in it too.
Of course, he got out, and of course he hit one more F-5, and that was the finish.
But it was fun!
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