This Sunday is the WWE Night of Champions Pay-Per-View. When a WWE PPV is less than a week away, I like reviewing an old match from that PPV so that’s what I’m doing this week. Night of Champions is a special PPV to me because I attended Night of Champions 2010 in Chicago and the PPV included my WWE debut before John Cena’s entrance. The best match of the night was Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz.
- This match happened at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The attendance was 13,851.
- The Miz’s United States Championship was on the line.
- This was Daniel Bryan’s first WWE PPV singles match.
- Bryan returned to WWE at SummerSlam on August 15, 2010. He was released on June 11, 2010.
- The Miz was the RAW Money in the Bank briefcase holder when this match happened.
- The Miz was Daniel Bryan’s pro during the first season of WWE NXT. Bryan was 0-10 in his NXT matches.
- Alex Riley was outside the ring during this match.
- Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Matt Striker called this match.
- This match is on the WWE Superstar Collection: Daniel Bryan DVD.
- The time length of the match was 12:29.
- WWE.com posted the full-length match at http://www.wwe.com/videos/daniel-bryan-vs-the-miz-united-states-championship-match-night-of-champions-2010-26145537. This match can be watched on Dailymotion at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xex4eb_night-of-champions-2010-the-miz-vs_sport.
Daniel Bryan went for the LaBell Lock (now known as the Yes Lock) early and Miz escaped out of the ring. Miz and Bryan were by the ring apron and Miz injured Bryan’s shoulder. Miz did a good job working on the shoulder and took control of the match. While Miz had Bryan in a submission hold, Matt Striker on commentary said that Miz was working on Bryan’s arms and shoulders because that might prevent Bryan from being able to use the LaBell Lock. Bryan executed a backslide and Miz kicked out. Miz attacked Bryan’s shoulder again and was back in control. Alex Riley attacked Bryan’s shoulder while Miz had the referee distracted. Bryan tried to make a comeback and Miz hit Bryan with a shoulder breaker. That move got a near fall. Miz continued to work on the shoulder. I have seen this match many times, but I never closely examined it like I’m doing right now. I know that Miz worked on Bryan’s shoulder a lot during this match, but he worked on the shoulder more times than I remembered. He really did a good job trying to damage the shoulder as much as possible. Bryan tried to make another comeback and Miz stopped it by kicking the shoulder. Bryan got Miz out of the ring and hit him with a suicide dive through the ropes. Bryan threw Miz back in the ring and hit Miz with a top rope missile dropkick. Bryan’s offense was stopped when Miz kicked Bryan’s shoulder. Bryan hit Miz with running kick to the face. Miz kicked out at two. Bryan should have used the running knee like he does now. Miz and Bryan did the boo-yay punches spot. Bryan hit Miz with Yes Kicks in the corner. It’s weird to watch him to do that without the fans chanting “Yes!” after every kick. Bryan hit Miz with a running dropkick in the corner and then kicked him in the head! Miz kicked out at two. I should mention that Bryan has been selling his shoulder a lot during this match by grabbing and not using his left arm. Bryan attacked Miz on the top turnbuckle and Miz crotched Bryan on the top rope. The spot of the match was next. While Bryan was sitting on the top rope, Miz did a springboard and hit Bryan with a clothesline. Bryan did a flip on the way down to the mat. Miz covered Bryan and Bryan kicked out. Miz worked on the shoulder again. Miz went for the Skull Crushing Finale and Bryan countered it into a pin attempt. Miz kicked out at two. Great near fall. Bryan went for the LaBell Lock and Riley got on the ring apron. That distracted Bryan and Miz tried to hit Bryan from behind. Miz missed and he knocked Riley off the apron. Bryan tried to pin Miz and it was a near fall! Excellent near fall right there. Miz got Bryan out of the ring. Riley tried to attack Bryan, but Bryan countered it by sending Riley into the ring post. Bryan got back in the ring and Miz immediately did a roll-up. Bryan kicked out at two! That was another good near fall. Miz started attacking Bryan on the mat and the referee broke it up. After the referee was done talking to him, Miz walked back to Bryan and Bryan put him in the LaBell Lock! Miz tapped out and Bryan became the new United States Champion.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
**** – John Canton (TJR Wrestling, @johnreport)
****– Andre Harrison (The Harrison Analysis)
****– Jake Ziegler (Inside Pulse)
**** – Mike Uphoff (411mania)
***3/4 – J.D. Dunn (411mania)
***3/4 – Jack Bramma (411mania)
***3/4 – Chris Lansdell (411mania)
***1/2 – Dave Meltzer (Wrestling Observer, @davemeltzerWON)
***1/2 – Scott Keith (411mania.com, Insidepulse.com and Rspwfaq.net)
***1/2 – Joe Israel (Wrestling DVD News)
***1/2 – Scott Slimmer (411mania)
I love this match. Of course I love it because I was there and it was Daniel Bryan’s first championship win in WWE, but it was also a great match. I remember that the expectations were high because Miz and Bryan had a great feud going into this match. It got an early spot on the card (third match of the night), but this was one of the three main event matches of the PPV. I was expecting a great match and this match met my expectations. This match was less than 13 minutes. It might have been even better if it got 20 minutes. While watching this match again for this review, I was amazed by Miz’s performance. I have always considered this to be Miz’s best match and doing this review did not change my opinion. Miz attacked Bryan’s injured shoulder more than I remembered and I like how Miz did different moves to attack the shoulder. It seemed like every time Bryan tried to make a comeback, Miz would go back to the shoulder. I enjoyed watching Bryan sell the injury. Many times, Bryan grabbed his arm and he wrestled almost the entire match with one arm. My favorite moment of this match is the finish. The crowd got loud when Bryan had Miz in the LaBell Lock and there was a huge pop when Miz tapped out. This is one of those matches I can watch many times because of its short time length. When Daniel Bryan’s WWE career is over, I think this will be remembered as one of his best matches.