PWInsider.com is reporting that, even though WWE is selling it as a storyline on WWE.com, the backstage shouting match between on-screen WWE COO Triple H and Daniel Bryan was completely real. During the no disqualification match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton on RAW, Bryan took a header into the ringside barricade on the outside and suffered a stinger during the match. With WWE’s strong stance on head injuries, Triple H called an end to the match to try and protect Bryan, who was visibly struggling following the dive to the outside. On the fly, Randy Orton would be named the winner of the match and, after the match, Orton would help Bryan to his feet. The planned finish for the match was for Bryan to defeat Orton and the judgment call by Triple H was the basis of an all-out shouting match between the two in the gorilla position moments after the match. The argument would eventually cool down and Triple H explained to Bryan that they were just trying to protect his well-being.
WWE.com posted some work-shoot comments from Triple H, Daniel Bryan, and a few witnesses of the argument. Triple H stated, “Whether anybody likes it or not, it’s my job as COO of this company. I made the call that Daniel Bryan’s health was important and I called the match”. Referee John Cone was also within earshot of the argument, “I saw Daniel face-to-face with Triple H, nose-to-nose, screaming at him, saying that the match should not have been stopped and he’d worked through several injuries over 13 years [in the wrestling business]. Triple H fired back, saying he’s worked through torn quads, but Bryan was saying it was supposed to be the biggest match of his career and it was taken away from him.” Cone continued, “I’d never seen anything like it; they almost came to blows. Randy [Orton] stepped in and pulled Daniel Bryan back, it was the craziest thing I’d ever seen backstage.” Veteran referee Chad Patton compared it to one of the biggest arguments in WWE history, “What I did see when Daniel Bryan and Triple H went at it, for him to talk to his boss and just to the extreme he was doing it, I haven’t seen anything like it since Bret Hart and Vince McMahon”.
As a result of the impromptu ending to the match, the planned match between Daniel Bryan and United States Champion Dean Ambrose for this week’s SmackDown was changed to a rematch between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, where the appropriate finish is expected to take place, putting the angle back on track.
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