Miracle on Bourbon Street.
For thirty years, every Superstar and Diva in the WWE have worked all year long with the hopes of getting their moment on “The Grandest Stage of Them All” and, for thirty years, memories and moments have been created on WWE’s biggest show of the year and, on its 30th anniversary, a whole new crop of Superstars and Divas will get the opportunity to etch their names in history as WWE presents WrestleMania XXX, which came to you, live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network, from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. One man who is very familiar with the pageantry and star-power of WrestleMania is WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, who has faced the likes of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, King Kong Bundy, The Ultimate Warrior, The Rock, & Andre The Giant on “The Show of Shows” and 30 years after competing at the very first WrestleMania, “The Hulkster” would once again grace wrestling’s biggest stage as the Official Host of WrestleMania XXX!
Since SummerSlam this past August, WWE COO Triple H has done everything in his immense power to keep Daniel Bryan away from being the “face of the WWE”, costing him championships on multiple occasions, even using The Authority-appointed Director of Operations Kane, to keep Bryan down in the WWE. “The Game” has made it no secret that he fully intends to bury Daniel Bryan and his revolutionary Yes Movement once and for all at WrestleMania XXX, but the pugnacious Daniel Bryan has made it very apparent that he will never give up on his quest to thwart The Authority and rise to the top spot in the WWE as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Meanwhile, Triple H’s ire has been risen by the antics of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and #1 Contender Batista and the WWE COO has become so fed up with all of these elements that “The Game” is more than willing to get his hands dirty and take the title for himself as, when Triple H and Daniel Bryan go one-on-one at WrestleMania, the winner of the match will join champion Randy Orton and challenger Batista in the match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
At the Royal Rumble in January, Batista made his in-ring return in the 2014 Royal Rumble Match and “The Animal” would survive the match to earn a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. At that very same event, Randy Orton narrowly held onto the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, thanks in huge part to The Wyatt Family getting involved and attacking John Cena. The following month at WWE Elimination Chamber, outside interference would again result in Randy Orton retaining the gold and, until a few weeks ago, Orton anticipated a one-on-one title defense against his former Evolution teammate, Batista, but an old rival and a rival with unfinished business would make the champion’s life much more difficult and what was once a one-on-one match between Randy Orton and Batista where Orton held the championship advantage of being able to retain via disqualification or count-out is now guaranteed to be a Triple Threat Match for the gold as either Triple H or Daniel Bryan will join Orton and Batista in the WWE World Heavyweight Title match, depending on who wins their epic clash earlier that same night.
21-0 is an undefeated streak greater than anything in the world of sports and, over those twenty-one years, WWE’s resident “Phenom” The Undertaker has openly taken on all comers and, on twenty-one different occasions, The Undertaker has reigned supreme against some of the greatest Superstars the squared circle has ever seen. Racking up a list of victims that includes Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Diesel, Sycho Sid, Edge, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, & Triple H, The Undertaker has proven himself to be virtually untouchable on “The Grandest Stage of Them All”, but one unpredictable monster of a man poses a major threat to the revered streak of “The Deadman” as Brock Lesnar will look to be the first man to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania as “The Beast” goes one-on-one with “The Phenom” at WrestleMania XXX.
For Bray Wyatt of The Wyatt Family, the only acceptable outcome on “The Grandest Stage of Them All” is for the incredible legacy of John Cena to be tarnished forever as the evil mastermind of The Wyatt Family looks to expose Cena as a “false idol” on a stage where John Cena has had his greatest triumphs in his twelve year career. Never one to back down from a fight, John Cena has put aside his fear of The Wyatt Family to call Bray Wyatt out for a one-on-one clash at WrestleMania and, on the grand stage, Cena will certainly look to prove that not even fear will hold him back when he squares off with Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania.
The Shield has made one thing certain in the past several weeks, it does not matter who opposes them, The Shield is a tightly-knit trio of hungry young Superstars who refuse to be pushed around by anyone in the WWE, even if that person is the Director of Operations Kane. Kane’s threats to put an end to The Shield if they do not do the bidding of The Authority has brought a nearly broken Shield back together and, now, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns have turned their attention to the Director of Operations and, after Kane brought in The New Age Outlaws to try and take The Shield out, The Shield will collide with Kane & The New Age Outlaws in a 6-Man Tag Match at WrestleMania.
After he was unveiled as the official host of WrestleMania XXX, Hulk Hogan’s first announcement was to start a brand new tradition for “The Show of Shows” as Hogan will commemorate one of the all-time greats in Andre The Giant as “The Hulkster” will present the first ever Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal where 30 Superstars will compete in an over-the-top rope battle royal with the last man standing earning the awe-inspiring Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy as stars such as Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Goldust, Cody Rhodes, Big E, Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, Titus O’Neil, The Miz, Sin Cara, & Big Show will all take part in the huge battle royal that will guarantee one man will have his WrestleMania moment and will have the honor of calling himself the holder of the very first Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy.
In an unreal match concocted by a vengeful Vickie Guerrero, the longest reigning Divas Champion of all-time, AJ Lee, is almost guaranteed to lose the Divas Title as AJ must defend the Divas Title in the first ever Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational, where AJ will be joined by Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Summer Rae, Emma, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Aksana, Layla, & Tamina Snuka in an unheard of 14-Diva Match where the first Diva to score a pinfall or submission will walk out of WrestleMania as the Divas Champion!
- WWE Tag Team Championship: 4-Way Elimination Match: Pre-Show Exclusive: The Usos (c) def. Los Matadores (with El Torito), Rybaxel, & The Real Americans (with Zeb Colter) to retain.
- Winner Gets Added to Title Match: Daniel Bryan def. Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon) by pin following the running knee to earn a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Title match.
- 6-Man Tag: The Shield def. Kane & The New Age Outlaws by Seth Rollins pinning Billy Gunn following the three-man powerbomb to The New Age Outlaws.
- Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Winner- Cesaro
- John Cena def. Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) by pin following the Attitude Adjustment.
- Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) def. The Undertaker by pin following the F-5 to break the 21-0 undefeated streak of The Undertaker.
- Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational: AJ Lee (c) def. Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, Eva Marie, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Summer Rae, Layla, Alicia Fox, Aksana, Rosa Mendes, Emma, & Tamina Snuka by Naomi submitting to AJ Lee’s (c) Black Widow. As a result, AJ Lee (c) retains.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Triple Threat Match: Daniel Bryan def. Randy Orton (c) & Batista (with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, & Scott Armstrong) by Batista submitting to the Yes Lock to win the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
The biggest show of the year kicks off with one of the biggest stars of all time as the Official Host of WrestleMania XXX Hulk Hogan appropriately kicks off an event he helped build to mammoth proportions, WrestleMania. A pumped up Hogan mistakenly refers to the venue as the “Silverdome”, but after correcting himself, the Hall of Famer promises that there will be even more special moments created here tonight at WrestleMania XXX. The fans in attendance would not have to wait long for a memorable WrestleMania moment to take place as none other than “The Rattlesnake” himself, Stone Cold Steve Austin, makes his way to the ring, coming face-to-face with “The Hulkster” for the first time ever! Stone Cold says that every time he steps into the ring, he opens a can of whoop-ass, asking the fans if they want to see him open a can of whoop-ass on Hulk Hogan! Austin continues, saying that he has seen all of Hogan’s matches and they have both been very “protective” of their legacies and he has nothing but respect for Hogan and appreciates what Hogan has done for this business, shaking the hand of “The Hulkster”. Austin says that tonight is the night for the current regime of WWE Superstars to come out there and put it all one the line for the fans. Austin then tells the fans to never forget that “Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass”. The epic moment then gets ratcheted up to a whole new level with the arrival of “The People’s Champion” The Rock! “The Great One” makes his way to the ring to come face-to-face with two of his former WrestleMania rivals. The Rock first embraces Hulk Hogan before shaking the hand of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Rock proclaims that “finally, The Rock has come back to WrestleMania”. After taking a shot at Hogan’s mistake earlier and inspiring a brief “Superdome” chant, The Rock says that, when he looks across the ring, he sees his longtime rival Stone Cold Steve Austin and his “childhood hero” Hulk Hogan, saying that Austin and Hogan are the biggest stars in WWE history. The Rock says that Hogan and Austin inspired his own career and the careers of everyone in the back, saying it is an “honor” to be in the ring with Hogan and Austin and it is an honor to be in front of the WrestleMania crowd. All three men then deliver their signature bottom lines before Austin calls for some beers and, together, all three legends celebrate with a signature Stone Cold beer bash!
After an unreal moment for the ages between Hulk Hogan, The Rock, & Stone Cold Steve Austin, one man was set on bringing the Yes Movement to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and triumph over The Authority once and for all as the opening match of the night would see Daniel Bryan going one-on-one with WWE COO Triple H in a match where the winner will join Randy Orton and Batista in the main event match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon stands in the ring, introducing her husband, Triple H, as the WWE COO makes a grand entrance worthy of WrestleMania, complete with a gold-clad helmet and chainmail, surrounded by beautiful women in what looked like a scene straight out of Game of Thrones. While Daniel Bryan’s entrance lacked the grandeur of Triple H’s, Bryan enters with a much more important demeanor, one of determination. With Stephanie McMahon in the corner of her husband, the match would get underway with both men testing the other in their first ever match against each other. The match would soon spill to the outside where Triple H would dismantle the announce table, grabbing the arm of Daniel Bryan to slam the injured shoulder of Daniel Bryan onto the announce table! Back in the ring, the COO would immediately go back to work on the shoulder of Daniel Bryan. Bryan briefly mounts a comeback, but when Bryan goes for the dive to the outside, Triple H catches Bryan in the head with a straight right hand. “The Game” then delivers a backdrop to Daniel Bryan on the ring apron, right on the injured shoulder. Triple H then gets back into the ring, anticipating a count-out win, but Daniel Bryan would slide back into the ring at a count of nine and, again, Triple H goes right back to work on the injured shoulder, locking in the Crossface on Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan would save the match for himself by getting to the bottom rope, but that would not change the fact that he was at the mercy of Triple H.
For the first time in the match, Daniel Bryan would sustain some offense, drilling Triple H with a pair of German suplexes, but Triple H would utilize Bryan’s injured shoulder to battle back, snapping off a double underhook suplex. “The Game” then takes Daniel Bryan to the top rope, but Bryan blocks the attempted superplex by Triple H, using a sunset flip powerbomb to slam the COO to the mat. Both men then climb to their feet in opposing corners and Bryan lands two running dropkicks in the corner before Triple H comes out of the corner with a huge clothesline. Shortly after this, Triple H would again catch Daniel Bryan in the Crossface and, after a few failed attempts to roll out of the submission move, Bryan finally succeeds, rolling Triple H up, forcing “The Game” to break the hold. Daniel Bryan would take this moment to trap Triple H in a Crossface of his own, but the veteran would manage to grab the bottom rope, forcing the break. Triple H then slides to the outside and Daniel Bryan gives “The Game” no time to rest as Bryan twice dives to the outside onto the COO before rolling Triple H into the ring and delivering a series of kicks to Triple H. Daniel Bryan then sizes Triple H up for his running knee, but the COO catches Bryan with a spinebuster. All looked to be lost for Bryan after Triple H hits the Pedigree, but the pugnacious Daniel Bryan kicks out of Triple H’s best move! Triple H then goes for a second Pedigree, but Bryan is able to counter into a pinning predicament, but Triple H rolls out of the pin back into a double underhook. Triple H then goes for another Pedigree, but Bryan counters again, this time creating distance between himself and “The Game”. Bryan then charges at Triple H, scoring with his running knee, pinning the COO to win the biggest match of his career and earn his way into the WWE World Heavyweight Title match! After the match, Stephanie would enter the ring, delivering a series of slaps to the face of a grinning Daniel Bryan. However, this would prove to be nothing more than a distraction as Triple H blasts Daniel Bryan from behind, dragging Bryan to the corner of the ring and smashing the shoulder of Daniel Bryan with a heinous steel chair shot. As The Authority celebrates on the stage, the referee and ringside physician try to tend to Daniel Bryan, but Bryan refuses the help.
Then it was time for The Shield to face the henchmen of The Authority as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns would face Director of Operations Kane and The New Age Outlaws in a 6-Man Tag Match. The Shield would dominate the match early on as Roman Reigns delivers a Spear to Kane and a double Spear to The New Age Outlaws. All three members of The Shield then deliver a massive three-man powerbomb to both of The New Age Outlaws before Seth Rollins pins Billy Gunn for a quick and dominant victory.
Then it was time for the inaugural Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal as 30 WWE Superstars would all battle for the honor of holding the Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy. After “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus join the 28 men already in the ring, the huge battle royal gets underway. The first man to go out was Yoshi Tatsu, who is eliminated by The Great Khali. Khali then tosses out RAW General Manager Brad Maddox before sending Brodus Clay packing. All three members of 3MB then work together to hoist Khali out of the ring before Drew McIntyre throws Zack Ryder out. McIntyre then tosses Darren Young out before both Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are eliminated by Mark Henry. With his co-horts on the outside, Mark Henry tosses Heath Slater out on top of Mahal & McIntyre. Big Show then scores a major elimination, sending Mark Henry over the top rope. Big Show then sends Titus O’Neil packing and, a few minutes later, Santino Marella eliminates The Miz before Alberto Del Rio eliminates Santino. Goldust & Cody Rhodes then work together to eliminate Damien Sandow and Big E tosses Justin Gabriel out before tossing David Otunga out as well. Fandango and Big E then battle on the ring apron with a well-placed kick scoring the elimination for Fandango. However, Fandango would spend too much time dancing on the ring apron and would find himself being eliminated. Big Show then tosses R-Truth out before Alberto Del Rio eliminates Tyson Kidd, followed shortly by Del Rio eliminating Goldust. Del Rio then sends Cody Rhodes out of the match and, shortly after this, a well-placed uppercut from Cesaro would eliminate Rey Mysterio from the match. Cesaro then tosses Kofi Kingston out, but the show-stopper of battle royals would barely keep his feet on the steel steps, narrowly avoiding elimination. However, a Brogue Kick from Sheamus would send Kofi to the outside. Dolph Ziggler would manage to hang on to the ropes, but a kick to the head of Ziggler would result in Dolph’s elimination, leaving only Sheamus, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio, & Big Show in the battle royal. Del Rio then locks in the Cross Armbreaker on Sheamus, but Sheamus lifts Del Rio up and both men tumble to the outside, eliminating each other. It then comes down to Big Show and Cesaro and, in an incredible feat of strength, “The Swiss Superman” lifts Big Show up in a way that brought back memories of Hulk Hogan slamming Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III as Cesaro slams “The World’s Largest Athlete” to the outside, winning the first ever Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy! After shaking the hand of Big Show, Cesaro would be presented with the impressive Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy, proudly hoisting the huge trophy above his head.
With a creepy, yet awe-inspiring entrance, worthy of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in tow, makes his way to the ring as Mark Crozer plays The Wyatt Family’s signature entrance theme. John Cena then follows with his standard entrance, wearing a look of determination as he sets out to protect his legacy from Bray Wyatt. After an early onslaught from Bray Wyatt, John Cena would channel his inner beast as Cena goes right after Bray Wyatt with the intention of destroying the man he fears most. Despite taking a beating, Bray Wyatt would order Luke Harper & Erick Rowan to not get involved, but some conflict within John Cena would allow Bray Wyatt to regain the advantage in the match. Both men would trade shots, but when Cena goes for the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, Bray Wyatt pops up, arching his back in his signature spider pose, which stops Cena in his tracks and allows Bray to gain the advantage. As the match continues, Cena keeps a wary eye on Luke Harper & Erick Rowan and, when Cena looks for a leg drop off of the top rope, Bray catches Cena with a vicious powerbomb. Later in the match, Cena seemingly had Bray Wyatt set up for the leg drop off of the top rope, but Cena would turn to Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, opting to take Harper & Rowan out on the outside! Bray Wyatt would then look to strike Cena with the steel steps on the outside, but Cena would fight back, tossing Bray into the steel ring post. Cena then grabs the steel steps, nearly playing right into Bray Wyatt’s hands, but Cena would drop the steps and Bray would briefly fight back before Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Bray Wyatt. However, Bray would kick out and, with Erick Rowan distracting the referee, Luke Harper would deliver a kick to the head of Cena. Despite this, Cena would barely kick out and Bray would toss Cena to the outside. Harper then closes in on Cena, but Cena pops up, charging at Harper and taking Harper out by driving him through the ringside barricade! With Cena still struggling to stay in the match, Bray would roll Cena back in the ring, but Wyatt would find himself trapped in the STF for a moment before Bray makes it to the ropes for the break. Bray Wyatt then pops off the Sister Abigail on Cena, but Cena kicks out again. Bray Wyatt then goes to the outside where he grabs a steel chair, but Bray hands the chair to Cena and gets on his knees. However, Cena refuses to hit Bray Wyatt as Cena hits Erick Rowan instead. Cena then powers out of the Sister Abigail, hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Bray Wyatt, pinning Bray to pick up an emotional victory.
Then it was time for a WrestleMania fixture as the legendary “Phenom” known as The Undertaker puts his undefeated 21-0 WrestleMania streak on the line against the biggest threat to the streak in recent memory, “The Beast” Brock Lesnar, with Paul Heyman in his corner. After an awe-inspiring entrance from The Undertaker that featured 21 caskets each bearing the name of his past WrestleMania victims and a 22nd casket with Brock Lesnar’s name on it that The Undertaker ignited in a fiery and symbolic display, The Undertaker would slowly make his way to the ring to face an anxious Brock Lesnar. The match would get underway with both big men exchanging shots and going for signature moves early on, but Brock Lesnar’s game plan would begin to unveil on the outside of the ring as Brock slams Undertaker’s leg into the steel ring post, turning his focus to hobbling The Undertaker. After being dominated by Brock Lesnar for several minutes, a weakened Undertaker would start to build momentum, even catching Brock with a chokeslam, but Lesnar would kick out. “The Deadman” then looks to finish Lesnar with the Tombstone Piledriver, but Brock fights out, delivering the F-5 to The Undertaker, but “The Phenom” kicks out! Lesnar then hovers over a nearly lifeless Undertaker, but it turned out to be a ploy by The Undertaker, who traps “The Beast” in Hell’s Gate. The power of Brock Lesnar would win out on that exchange as Brock dead-lifts Undertaker, drilling “The Phenom” with a powerbomb to break The Undertaker’s grip. A few moments later, The Undertaker locks Hell’s Gate onto Brock Lesnar for the second time and, for the second time, Lesnar breaks out of the move with a powerbomb! As both men struggle to get to their feet, Brock refuses to let “The Deadman” get up as “The Beast” cinches in the Kimura Lock, but the veteran counters, locking in a Kimura Lock of his own! However, Brock makes it to the bottom rope, forcing Undertaker to break the hold. Undertaker then uses the ropes to get to his feet in the corner and, after a few shoulder blocks from Brock, Undertaker would catch Lesnar with a big boot. The Undertaker then goes for Old School on Brock Lesnar, but “The Beast” grabs Undertaker off of the top rope, delivering a second F-5 to “The Deadman”, but The Undertaker kicks out again!
Brock Lesnar then musters the strength to deliver two German suplexes to The Undertaker before both men collapse in opposite corners. With Paul Heyman screaming in his ear, Brock Lesnar is the first to his feet, propping Undertaker up in the corner and delivering straight right hands to “The Deadman”, but The Undertaker pops underneath Lesnar, delivering the Last Ride to Lesnar. With whatever strength he has left, The Undertaker delivers the Tombstone Piledriver to Brock Lesnar, but “The Beast” kicks out! The kick-out would appear to fire The Undertaker up as The Undertaker would look to finish it with a second Tombstone Piledriver, but Brock Lesnar would counter the Tombstone into a third F-5! Then, in a moment that left fans around the world in a stunned silence full of shock and disbelief, Brock Lesnar pins The Undertaker’s shoulders to the mat for the three-count, shocking everyone in the arena, including Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman as Brock Lesnar does what Triple H, Ric Flair, Big Show, Diesel, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Edge, Batista, Kane, & Shawn Michaels could not do as Brock makes good on his promise to end the undefeated streak of The Undertaker as Lesnar renders The Undertaker 21-1 at WrestleMania. After Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman exit, The Undertaker pulls himself to his feet as every person in the arena stands and applauds the greatest WrestleMania performer of all-time, The Undertaker, who makes the slow walk to the back, having lost for the first time ever at WrestleMania.
As fans around the world struggle to collect themselves after what they just witnessed, 14 Divas would compete in the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational as AJ Lee would defend the Divas Title against Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Summer Rae, Alicia Fox, Aksana, Layla, Rosa Mendes, & Tamina Snuka in a wild one-fall match where the first Diva to score a pinfall or submission would walk out as the Divas Champion and the inventor of the contest, Vickie Guerrero, would watch gleefully from ringside. At the end of a chaotic match like no other, it was AJ Lee forcing Naomi to tap out to the Black Widow as AJ defies the odds to retain the Divas Championship, much to the chagrin of Vickie Guerrero.
Backstage, a reunion thirty years in the making took place as Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Roddy Piper, Paul Ondorff, and even Pat Patterson reunite in a scene that brought back memories of the very first WrestleMania as the four main event competitors reluctantly shake hands to bury the hatchet.
After an already epic night at WrestleMania, it was time for the main event on “The Grandest Stage of Them All” as Randy Orton would defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against “The Animal” Batista and an injured Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat Match. The champion is the first to enter and Randy Orton makes it a grand one as Rev Theory performs his theme live as “The Viper” prepares to defend the gold. With the champion and the #1 contender in the ring, a gutsy but hurting Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring. After the introductions are made, the match gets underway and the match almost immediately spills to the outside as, with Daniel Bryan out on one side of the ring, Randy Orton and Batista trade blows as Batista bounces Orton’s head off of the steel steps. Continuing to take advantage of the Triple Threat rules, Batista looks to use the steel steps against Randy Orton, but the champion delivers a backdrop to “The Animal” on the steel steps. Back in the ring, Daniel Bryan would inset himself back into the match as Bryan would dominate both Orton and Batista for a short time before Batista delivers a suplex to the outside by “The Animal”. In the ring, Randy Orton delivers a superplex to Batista and Daniel Bryan hits a flying headbutt on Batista. Bryan then locks in the Yes Lock on Randy Orton, but that is what The Authority comes in through the crowd. Triple H pulls the assigned referee out of the ring before calling for disgraced referee Scott Armstrong, but Daniel Bryan refuses to be screwed out of the title again as Bryan kicks Armstrong in the head before diving to the outside, taking out Triple H, Scott Armstrong, and even Stephanie McMahon! A furious Triple H then pulls out a sledgehammer, but Daniel Bryan takes the weapon away from the COO before blasting “The Game” in the face with the sledgehammer, knocking Triple H to the floor! With Daniel Bryan’s focus elsewhere, Randy Orton re-asserts himself in the match, but on the outside, an interesting scene develops as Orton and Batista actually work together to try and take Daniel Bryan out! As The Authority is helped to the back, Orton drives the steel steps into the injured shoulder of Daniel Bryan. Orton and Batista then face each other before deciding to dismantle two of the announce tables at ringside. As Orton sets up the steel steps, Batista blasts Bryan with the steel steps. Batista then climbs on top of the announce table with Daniel Bryan, ready to deliver the Batista Bomb, but in the middle of the Batista Bomb, Orton hits the RKO in an incredible double finisher through the Spanish announce table that saw the champion sacrifice himself to take Daniel Bryan out!
As EMT’s rush out with a stretcher for Daniel Bryan, the only man left standing was Batista and “The Animal” immediately calls off his partnership with Randy Orton as Batista preys on the injured champion. As Batista and Randy Orton continue their own fight, EMT’s begin to wheel Daniel Bryan to the back, but Daniel Bryan refuses, breaking out of the restraints and rolling off the stretcher. However, Orton immediately pounces on his weakened prey, putting Daniel Bryan back in the ring, but Orton takes too much time savoring the moment as he finds himself trapped in the Yes Lock. Fortunately for himself and Orton, Batista breaks up the Yes Lock before Bryan locks Batista in the Yes Lock! The Triple Threat rules then come back into play as Orton breaks up the submission. Orton then has his pick of either Batista or Daniel Bryan, but when Orton goes to finish Batista, Batista charges at Orton, but Orton moves out of the way and “The Animal” collides with Daniel Bryan! Orton then strikes with the RKO, but Batista kicks out and Orton goes for the diabolical punt, but he is caught mid-stride by Daniel Bryan, who hits the running knee. Looking to take advantage, Batista tosses Bryan out of the ring, but Batista is unable to keep Orton down for the three-count! Batista then hits the Batista Bomb on Orton, but as Orton rolls to the safety of the ropes, Daniel Bryan strikes with the running knee before locking in the Yes Lock on Batista, making “The Animal” tap out to finally achieve his seemingly impossible dream as pyro erupts and confetti falls in celebration of the brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan! Finally achieving his hugest victory on “The Grandest Stage of Them All” and thwarting the best efforts of The Authority, as well as Randy Orton and Batista, Daniel Bryan is finally on top of the WWE as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
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