Backstage Segment: Renee Young Interviews Randy Orton
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Randy Orton. Young contratulates Orton on being the unified champion and Orton says he shouldn’t be congratulated for having to fight Daniel Bryan 24 hours after a brutal TLC match. He says he knows what’s best for business, which is for everyone to bend over and kiss his ass.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring, followed by the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. The bell sounds and our main event is officially underway. I actually missed a few minutes of the beginning of this match. When I came back, Bryan is in the middle of a half-boston crab on Orton. Orton crawls to the ropes and breaks the hold. Bryan continues to work on the leg of Orton, slamming his knee into the mat and then following it up with some trademark Daniel Bryan kicks. Orton nearly takes Bryan’s head off with a big clothesline and now both guys are down.
The cut on Orton’s head from last night opens up a bit. He slams the arm of Bryan and JBL points out Bryan “screaming like a little girl.” Orton continues to work on the arm of Bryan in the corner as the referee forces him to break. Michael Cole points out that if you take Bryan’s arm out of his arsenal, you take away his “Yes! Lock.” Orton continues to work on the arm of Bryan as the fans chant “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Bryan starts firing back with punches. The fight goes out to the floor. Bryan goes to hit the dive through the ropes onto Orton but Orton moves and Bryan crashes on the floor. We head to a mid-match commercial. When we return from commercial, Orton is working on Bryan in the ring. Michael Cole informs us that during the break, doctors attended to the blood on Orton’s face. Orton knocks Bryan out to the floor. Orton back-suplexes Bryan on the barricade and then throws him back into the ring. He tries pinning him but Bryan kicks out at two.
Orton takes Bryan to the top rope and nails him with a superplex. Bryan starts to make his comeback. He nails Orton with some “Yes!” kicks and then clotheslines him down. Both guys are down. Bryan lands some more “Yes!” kicks on Orton in the corner and then seats him on the top rope. Bryan hits a flying huracanrana off the top and tries to pin Orton. For some reason, the fans really bought into that as the finish, as they popped huge and started a “this is awesome” chant immediately after it. Bryan’s comebacks are pretty awesome, by the way. Orton slows Bryan down with a big back-breaker.
Out of nowhere, Bryan goes for the “Yes! Lock” on Orton. Orton fights his way out of it and tries throwing Bryan over the top rope. Bryan ends up skinning the cat but walks into a big shot from Orton. Orton stalks Bryan as he’s down, pounds the mat in Viper-style but Bryan pops up and rolls Orton up, 1-2….Orton kicks out. Orton has checked his tooth about two or three times, by the way, he might have had it loosened or knocked out or something during a big clothesline spot earlier in the match, as Michael Cole pointed out at the time. Orton goes for another superplex off the top but Bryan knocks him off and hits him with a flying headbutt for another near fall.
“This is awesome” chants continue to echo throughout the arena as Bryan starts firing up with “Yes!” kicks again. Orton goes to roll Bryan up, 1-2…Bryan reverses it directly into a “Yes! Lock.” Bryan has it this time but Orton eventually makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Orton rolls to the floor to recover but Bryan dives out and splashes onto him. Bryan whips Orton into the barricade and hits him with a running kick.
Back in the ring, Bryan hits a missile dropkick off the top onto Orton and then starts blasting him with “Yes!” kicks. Orton nails Bryan with a low-blow out of nowhere and the referee calls for the bell. Orton has been disqualified.
Winner via Disqualification: Daniel Bryan
After The Match
John Cena’s music hits and out sprints Cena to the ring. Cena tackles Orton and starts punching him. Within seconds, Cena is on the receiving end of a RKO by Orton. Orton is handed his two title belts, which he cradles like a baby before standing back on his feet and raising them in the air proudly. RAW ends on that note.