After weeks of grueling obstacles, the Cinderella story came to a fold at Night of Champions. Daniel Bryan unseated “The Face of the WWE” Randy Orton to become a two-time WWE Champion. However, the way Daniel Bryan won the championship seemed a little tainted.
Let’s rewind just a bit to the start of Night of Champions. WWE C.O.O. Triple H made his way out to the squared circle and reassured everyone that all championships would be on the line. Which eased many concerns of the wrestling community who thought we wouldn’t see Dean Ambrose versus Dolph Ziggler. But HHH also stated that the WWE Championship match would be one-on-one without any outside interference whatsoever. Too good to be true?
Without any interference, there would be no Shield or Big Show in the champion’s corner. What happened to Triple H protecting his A-Player? What happened to all that talk of what was “best for business”? Even The Viper questioned the decision only to receive this response, “I want to make sure that I chose the right face of the company.”
Something had to be up. Surely The Game had an ace up his sleeve. He would protect his investment on who he felt would be “best for business”. Perhaps he would have contracted the recently fired Cody Rhodes to intervene on Orton’s behalf? Since Goldust was unsuccessful in retrieving his brother’s job, protecting the champion would’ve been Cody’s “in” with the boss?
Cody Rhodes never showed up and still remains fired; however we did get word that “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes will be making an appearance on the post-Night of Champions Monday Night RAW.
Then it happened. The referee got knocked out. Now it’s time for the interference. Now The Shield will swoop in like the hounds they are and rip Daniel Bryan to shreds while the referee is down.
No Shield. The Shield were too busy patting themselves on the back for retaining their championship titles.
A second referee is subbed to officiate the match. This must be Orton’s plan B. He paid off a referee to screw Daniel Bryan out of the match. That didn’t happen! The original referee wakes up after being attended to by the ring-side medical official and takes over his role for the rest of the match. What is going on? Is there a swerve or not???
And finally comes the Busaiku kick that won Daniel Bryan the WWE championship from John Cena at SummerSlam. Randy Orton is knocked out cold, Daniel Bryan goes for the cover, and the referee goes for the three count. A really fast three count.
That’s the strange part. Why on earth did the referee go for a fast count on a babyface challenger? Usually the fast counts are meant for the heelish characters. Night of Champions ended with Daniel Bryan winning the WWE championship and no one interrupted the celebration. Randy Orton doesn’t wake up. No one ambushes Bryan… NoC ends on a good note with Daniel Bryan finally the WWE champion.
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