We begin with a look at the February 8, 2016 Raw when Daniel Bryan had to announce his in ring retirement. We go to earlier today with the announcement that Daniel Bryan has been cleared to return to wrestling.
Fans are already chanting “Yes!” as we go to the ring. Out comes SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan to a big pop as Greg Hamilton does the introduction. Fans chant Bryan’s name as he takes the mic.
Daniel thanks everyone. He says that something horrific happened to Shane McMahon last week, but the two people he needs to talk to are not here yet. With that said, Daniel says he is going to talk about something else. A little over two years ago, when he was forced to retire, it was one of the hardest days of his life. Daniel says he focused on one thing, being grateful. He continued to focus on those things. There were times when he was depressed on not doing what he loved to do. There were times when he was angry for not being able to do what he loves to do, but he became grateful.
Daniel says there is a lot to be grateful for. He says he has a great family and friends, and the best fans in the world. He also has an amazing wife. When she saw him want to get back into the ring, she told him that it is great to feel wonderful, but you need to achieve your dreams. He went to specialists and when they gave him good news, he went to another. When he was cleared, she told him he needs to fight for his dreams. When he got depressed, he wasn’t just grateful, he fought. There was a time when he wanted to quit, but instead of walking out, she told him you don’t walk out. You fight for your dreams and if you fight for your dreams, your dreams fight for you.
Every hard thing seems impossible until it becomes real. Over the last two months, he has asked WWE to re-look at his case. They sent him to the best neurologists all over the country. Every doctor has said the same thing. You are cleared.
There was a time when being cleared to compete in a WWE ring seemed impossible, but it is real. Daniel says he has a lot of thank yous. He wants to thank the WWE and its doctors. They looked at him as a person and not the wrestler and he is thankful for that. He is thankful for giving him a second look. Daniel thanks everyone here and everyone watching at home because you have supported him for this entire time. Every week, when he comes out, you chant YES and you chant his name. For that, Daniel says thank you.
Daniel says he wants to thank Brie. He says you don’t truly understand how much she has supported him for the last two years and he is truly grateful.
Now, on to the fun stuff. Daniel says he does not exactly when or where he will get back in the ring… the crowd points to the Wrestlemania sign and the they chant Wrestlemania.
Daniel thinks about it and he asks if that sounds like a good idea. He does not know about Wrestlemania but he asks if Daniel Bryan will compete again in a WWE ring and the crowd chants Yes.
– Still to come, will there be repercussion for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens? Also, Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and referee Charles Robinson congratulates Daniel Bryan backstage. Bryan asks if Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are here yet but he hasn’t seen them. Bryan asks Robinson to send them to his office when they arrive. Dolph Ziggler walks up and congratulates Ziggler, wanting to be the first to say he can’t wait to beat Bryan. Bryan says Ziggler can certainly try. Ziggler walks off.
Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
We go to the ring and Rusev is already out with Aiden English. They watch as Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way out next for this WWE Fastlane rematch.
The bell rings and Rusev grabs Nakamura by the arm and takes control as fans chant for Nakamura. They tangle and go to the mat before coming back up and facing off. They go to lock up again and Nakamura kicks Rusev. Nakamura ends up taunting Rusev and telling him to bring it. They trade big kicks and then some strikes. Rusev tosses Nakamura into the corner and works him over. Rusev whips Nakamura and hits a kick off the ropes for a 2 count. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Nakamura floors Rusev off the ropes. We see WWE Champion AJ Styles watching the match from a chair next to the announcers. Nakamura works Rusev into the corner for some Good Vibrations. Nakamura places Rusev on top of the turnbuckles and hits the high knee to the ribs.
Nakamura waits in the corner but Rusev counters and takes Nakamura down. Rusev goes for The Accolade but it’s blocked. Rusev nails a big kick for a close 2 count as English throws a fit at ringside. Rusev waits for Nakamura to get up now. Nakamura ducks the Machka Kick and takes Rusev down into an armbar for a pop. Rusev counters that but Nakamura pins him for the win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
After the match, English hits the ring and drops Nakamura from behind. Rusev and English double team Nakamura as AJ watches from his chair at ringside. AJ takes his time getting his jacket off and stands up at ringside but doesn’t enter the ring. Nakamura eventually fights off the double team and stands tall in the ring. AJ looks on from ringside and Nakamura taunts him a bit as his music plays.
We see Flair backstage watching on a screen. Natalya walks in and says she knows Flair is scared, she can see it and Flair can lie to everyone else but not her. Natalya goes on about Flair’s time coming to an end. Flair tells her to lay off the catnip. Flair says she is excited about facing Asuka. Natalya rants about Asuka coming in and taking her WrestleMania title shot and says Asuka is only undefeated because they haven’t faced yet. Natalya says Flair knows in her heart that she can’t beat Asuka but Natalya can. Flair says Natalya won’t be facing her at WrestleMania but she can have a match with her tonight. Natalya walks off.
– Still to come, rewards or repercussions for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens? Back to commercial.
We are back and AJ Styles walks in the back and Shinsuke Nakamura tells AJ he did not need his help. AJ says he knows. AJ interrupts Nakamura to say what Nakamura is going to say about beating AJ at Wrestlemania. Nakamura says that AJ needs more confidence and he will do it with a knee to the face.
Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger
Dillinger with a waist lock and Corbin backs him into the turnbuckles. Dillinger with a side head lock and he holds on. Corbin blocks a snap mare and Dillinger with a running forearm. Corbin misses a kick and Tye with a chop. Corbin with a punch. Corbin with a forearm and he sends Dillinger into the turnbuckles. Corbin slides around the ring post and Dillinger with a jumping boot and clothesline to send Corbin over the top rope to the floor.
Dillinger comes off the apron and Corbin catches him by the throat. Dillinger escapes and kicks Corbin. They return to the ring and Tye comes off the turnbuckles. Corbin catches Dillinger and then sends him to the floor. Corbin with End of Days for the three count.
Winner: Baron Corbin
– Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring for her match against Natalya. We go to commercial.
Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya
They lock up and Natalya with a wrist lock. Charlotte with an arm drag. They lock up again and Natalya with another wrist lock. Charlotte with a reversal. Natalya with a reversal and a double leg take down but Charlotte escapes and applies a front face lock. Charlotte with a waist lock take down and she gets a near fall. Natalya with an Irish whip and Charlotte floats over. Charlotte with a rollup for a near fall. Charlotte with a figure four head scissors and then she rolls Natalya around the ring.
Natalya with forearms and Charlotte with a Flair flip to the apron and then she gets a rollup as she returns to the ring. Charlotte with a neck breaker and boot to the chest that sends Natalya to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Natalya with an abdominal stretch and a back slide but Charlotte rolls through and hits a drop kick. Natalya with an elbow but Charlotte blocks a kick and connects with a forearm. Natalya avoids a knee drop and then sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Natalya with a snap mare and she runs over Charlotte’s back but Charlotte with a clothesline. Charlotte with chops followed by an Irish whip and a chop as Natalya comes out of the corner. Charlotte with an exploder but Natalya sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Natalya sets for a discus clothesline but Charlotte with a boot to the head.
Charlotte goes for the figure four but Natalya escapes. Charlotte misses a charge into the corner but Charlotte with a back breaker and flatline. Charlotte goes up top and Natalya crotches her and then hits a spinning sit out power bomb but Charlotte kicks out at two. Natalya sets for the Sharpshooter and she applies it. Charlotte gets to the ropes and Natalya has to release the hold. Natalya slingshots Charlotte into the rope. Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Charlotte with a near fall and then she goes for the figure four but Natalya kicks her to the floor.
Natalya goes to the floor but Charlotte stops her with a spear. Charlotte with the figure four leg lock and she bridges. Natalya tries to reverse and Charlotte goes to the apron and hangs from the apron with the figure four. Charlotte goes up top but Natalya with a forearm. Charlotte knocks Natalya off the turnbuckles. Natalya gets back up and hits a superplex. Both women are down and…
The music hits and out comes Carmella with her Money In the Bank briefcase and a referee. Carmella almost cashes in but she turns around to a big boot from Flair. Natalya takes advantage and drops Flair, covering for the pin and the non-title win.
After the bell, Natalya’s music hits as Flair looks on disgusted. We go to replays of what just happened. Natalya leaves all smiles while Carmella leaves with her MITB briefcase. She never cashed in. Flair looks on from the ring.
– Still to come, an update on Shane McMahon’s condition plus the situation with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Also, Jimmy Uso vs. Harper. We get a Mixed Match Challenge promo for tonight and go back to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and the Usos make their way to the ring.
Jimmy says at Fastlane it was Usos versus New Day to battle over the Smackdown tag titles. Jey says it was one of the hottest rivalries renewed and they put on a classic. The winner goes to Wrestlemania as tag team champions. Jimmy says until the Bludgeon Brothers got involved. They were not after the tag titles, they were there to hurt them. Jimmy says that Jey is still banged up. Jey says they are still here. Jey says they are holding down this tag division and they show their titles.
Jimmy tells the Bludgeon Brothers they don’t know how to back down. Jey says they only know how to go hard and be the best tag team the WWE has ever seen. Jimmy says they are not just going to stand there and let people take their chance at being on Wrestlemania. Jimmy says they are going to war tonight. Jey says it does not matter if they are at 100 percent or not, it is on lockdown when you get in the ring. They welcome The Bludgeon Brothers to The Uso Penitentiary. The music hits and out comes Harper with Rowan. Back to commercial.
Jimmy Uso vs. Harper
Jimmy slowly goes to the floor before locking up. Luke follows and Rowan follows Luke. Jimmy gets back into the ring and he knocks Luke off the apron with a forearm. Luke stops a suicide dive attempt with a forearm and he sends Jimmy to the floor and then he sends Jimmy into the announce table. They return to the ring and Harper with a punch and he chokes Jimmy. Harper with chops. Jimmy with a punch and chops. Harper with an Irish whip and uppercut. Harper with a chop and a running forearm into the corner.
Jimmy goes down when Harper goes for a cross body into the corner and Harper goes over the top rope to the floor. Jimmy with a drop toe hold that sends Harper into the matrix board. Jimmy is frozen by Rowan on the apron. Harper is sent into Rowan and he is knocked off the apron. Jey hits Harper and Jimmy gets a near fall. Harper with a thrust kick and he sets for a power bomb but Jimmy gets to his feet. Jimmy with a kick but Harper with a thrust kick to crotch Jimmy and then he sends Jimmy into the top of the ring post. Harper with a discus clothesline for the three count.
Winner: Luke Harper
After the match, Jey pulls Jimmy to safety as Rowan enters the ring for a double team. The Bludgeon Brothers stand tall in the ring as Jey checks on Jimmy on the floor.
– Still to come, repercussions or rewards for Sami and Owens? We see Jinder Mahal walking backstage. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Sunil introduces Jinder Mahal. Jinder says that all of the people who are booing him are hypocrites. He has sacrificed everything to be on the grandest stage. Jinder says he does not have to be here. He could be vacationing anywhere. He could be the biggest star in Bollywood. Jinder says he restored glory into the WWE Championship. He made Smackdown the premiere show. You shower him with your jealousy. Jinder says you should be worshiping the ground he walks on. You claim to be open minded and look for change, but all you want is the status quo with Randy Orton.
Bobby Roode’s music interrupts.
Bobby says the only hypocrite is you. Bobby says respect is a two way street and you don’t deserve any respect. As a matter of fact, the only thing you deserve at Wrestlemania is him beating Jinder in the middle of the ring to win back his United States Title. When he does it will be…
Randy Orton interrupts.
Randy tells Jinder to shut up. He does not understand why nobody respects you. You don’t understand why your name is not mentioned when the greatest champions of all time. It is because without the help of your little stooge, you suck.
The three face off and Jinder shoves Singh in for a sacrifice. This leads to Orton hitting the RKO on Singh as Jinder watches from ringside. Singh eats a Glorious DDT next. Orton and Roode have a stalemate after blocking finishers. Jinder watches from ringside as Orton and Roode face off. Jinder points up at the WrestleMania 34 banner and yells out as Orton’s music hits.
– Becky Lynch and Naomi are backstage walking. We go to commercial.
Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan (with Ruby Riott)
Sarah runs Naomi into the corner as the bell rings and Liv tags in. Naomi avoids both and Naomi with kicks to both women and then she gets a near fall on Liv. Becky tags in and they hit a double hip toss. Becky with a back heel kick and knee. Liv goes into the ropes and she kicks Becky in the thigh. Becky with an Irish whip but Liv sends Becky into the turnbuckles. Liv sends Becky into Sarah’s boot and then Sarah tags in and kicks Becky. Sarah with a snap mare and a running knee to the head for a near fall. Sarah with a cobra clutch. Becky sends Sarah over the top rope to the floor. Sarah knocks Naomi off the apron to prevent the tag.
Becky with a take down and she applies DisArmHer. Naomi with Rear View to stop Liv’s interference and Sarah taps out.
Winners: Becky Lynch and Naomi
– Daniel Bryan is on the phone and he is told that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have arrived. He tells the production assistant he will see them in the ring. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Daniel Bryan is on the turnbuckles leading the crowd in a Yes Chant. Daniel says this has been a big night for him, but there is one more thing to address. The guys are here so he asks for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to make their way to the ring.
Kevin and Sami are in a very very very very very very good mood as they make their way to the ring. Kevin hugs Daniel and then Sami shakes Daniel’s hand and hugs him.
Kevin says they are so thrilled for him. They weren’t going to come because without Shane here, what is the point. Then they got the news everyone has been waiting for. Daniel Bryan has been cleared for in ring competition and will talk about it on Smackdown. They raced here and they would have gotten here earlier but they got stopped by Walker, Texas Ranger. They got out of the ticket because everyone is dumber in Texas. They are happy to share this with Daniel.
Sami says they wouldn’t miss this for the world. You have been their biggest supporters since Day One. No one understood them like Daniel. When everyone was jealous of their success, you were fair. When Shane tried to hold them down, you were fair. Now Daniel Bryan gets to return to in ring competition. This is a classic case of good things happening to good people. You talk about A show versus B show. Any show with a roster that has Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Daniel Bryan are top show. That sounds like a Dream Team.
Daniel says he appreciates that but that is not why he brought them out here. We see what happened to Shane last week at the hands, feet, and other body parts of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
Sami tells Kevin not to have so much fun. Daniel asks if they thought it was funny. Kevin says they are man enough to say they went too far. Sami says that it looked extreme, but he kind of deserved it.
Daniel says they are acting like it is no big deal. This is not a small thing. This is a big deal. You have to know this and understand. You are two of the best performers in this generation and when Shane McMahon says he was living vicariously through them. Shane was right. They came from the same place and they have known each other for fifteen years. That was more than getting carried away. You assaulted your boss.
Daniel says this is what he doesn’t get. You won. Shane admitted he was wrong and he put you in a singles match on the grandest stage of them all. Imagine ten years ago in an armory in front of 300 people, what would you have done if someone said you would wrestle each other at Wrestlemania. Shane was leaving to get out of your way. You still felt the need to assault your boss.
Daniel says he does not get it. Shane was right. Daniel says he doesn’t want to have to do this. Daniel says he has been fired by this company twice and he came back a better man. You can learn and you can grow. Daniel says he hates that he has to do this. Sami, Kevin… You’re Fired. This doesn’t mean you are gone forever, it means that you are gone now. Daniel says they mean so much to him.
Daniel offers his hand to them. They shake his hand and then they turn around and Kevin hits Daniel with a forearm. Kevin yells that you did this. Sami punches Daniel but Daniel punches back. Bryan with kicks to Owens in the corner but Sami attacks Daniel. Daniel with a suplex and running drop kicks. Daniel with kicks of Yes but Sami stops Daniel before the round kick and he punches Daniel. Kevin with a super kick. Kevin holds Daniel for a Helluva Kick.
Bryan fights back as the crowd pops. Bryan unloads with kicks in the corner on Owens as fans chant but Sami comes over. Bryan hits a German suplex on Sami. Bryan with corner dropkicks for each man now. Bryan with more offense to each of them in the corners. Bryan gets riled up as fans pop big for him. Sami gets the upperhand as they both beat Bryan down now. Referees run down to try and stop things from ringside. Owens holds Bryan in the corner as Sami runs in with a Helluva Kick. The boos continue. Fans chant “you suck” now. Owens is screaming like a mad man.
Owens ans Sami end up with Bryan on the floor. The referees try to get them to back off. Owens hits a huge powerbomb and leaves Bryan laying on the floor. Owens continues screaming. Sami stares down at Bryan. Paramedics rush down with a stretcher as Bryan is laid out beside the ring. It sounds like fans are chanting “you’re still fired” now. Owens continues yelling as he and Sami head up the ramp. SmackDown goes off the air as Bryan is loaded onto the stretcher.
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