Triple H is already in the ring and his music is playing. Triple H says that he wants to introduce the face of a company. He wants to introduce everyone THE WWE Champion . . . Randy Orton.
As Randy makes his way to the ring and past The Shield, Michael Cole says that an unnamed WWE Superstar said that this is a Reign of Terror.
Randy makes it into the ring and Randy says that as the face of the WWE, protecting this company is his number one responsibility. He will not let the image of this company be tarnished. If you disrespect him, you disrespect the entire WWE and you need to be punished.
Randy mentions Daniel Bryan. Last week on Raw, Daniel Bryan defaced his personal property, an Escalade that Triple H personally gave him. In turn, he has no choice but to deface Daniel Bryan. We see what Randy and The Shield did to Daniel on Smackdown, including the nWoization of Daniel Bryan.
Randy says that he will take a page out of Daniel Bryan’s book and play an audience participation question and answer game. Randy’s first question is ‘Should Daniel Bryan face him at Night of Champions for the WWE Title?’ The people say yes, but Randy says no.
Does Daniel Bryan have the slightest chance in hell of beating him at Night of Champions? The crowd says yes, but Orton says no.
Will Daniel Bryan ever amount to anything in the WWE or will he always be a B+ player? The crowd says Yes.
Should Daniel Bryan give up his opportunity to face him at Night of Champions for the WWE Title? Orton says Yes.
Triple H says that at COO, he has a number of responsibilities. He is to make sure that the best product is put on each week. He says that the WWE Universe are the most passionate fans. His other job is to ensure the health and welfare of Superstars and Divas. Hunter says that he has become worried about Daniel Bryan. Daniel’s ego gets him into situations like we just saw. That is a problem.
Hunter says that the people are not helping because they are chanting Yes. The people are causing Daniel Bryan to confuse popularity with what is best for business. Popularity is not what is best for business. Hunter mentions Doink. Doink was insanely popular. People loved Doink. There is a very big reason why Doink was never WWE Champion. It was because it would have been bad for business.
Daniel Bryan will never be WWE Champion. He can reach for that brass ring and he can have some goals. Hunter says that he can bring back the Cruiserweight or European title and Daniel can set that goal for himself.
Daniel Bryan’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage.
Daniel says that Hunter and Randy made a lot of really good points. He is thrilled to be compared to Doink. Daniel says that he is not sure if there was a loud Doink the Clown chant in 1992. The only clowns he sees are the two standing in the ring right now.
Daniel says that he knows that Hunter and Randy want him to give up his title match. Just like when Hunter gave up being a man when he cut his hair and put on the suit to become a corporate sellout. He says that Randy gave up being in the WWE Title picture until someone decided to hand it to him.
Should he give up his Title Match against Randy Orton at Night of Champions? Daniel says that the answer is the same as the answer to the question ‘Is Randy Orton more masculine than Stephanie McMahon?’ and that is no.
Randy asks how many times does Daniel have to be punched in the face, triple power bombed or given an RKO before he realizes he cannot win.
Daniel tells Randy that no one ever told him he couldn’t do something. Daniel says that he was told he couldn’t do better than wrestle in high school gyms and flea markets. He was told he couldn’t make it to the WWE. He was told he would never make it to the top. He was told he could never be WWE Champion. Daniel says that is what made him the man he is today. He says that he loved the fight to get here. Randy will never understand that because he was given everything.
Daniel says that he does not think he can beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, he knows that he can beat Randy for the WWE Championship. He tells Randy that deep down he knows it and so does Hunter. They wouldn’t put him in gauntlet matches or have three people beat him down. They would let him and Randy WRESTLE, one on one.
Randy may have the genetics of a champion, but he does not have the heart of a champion. Randy may walk around like a big dog, but he is only Hunter’s . . .
Hunter interrupts Daniel and calls him a grump little troll. Daniel’s anger is something, but it is misdirected. There is one guy who Daniel should be angry at. That person is seven foot tall and weighs 500 pounds and has an iron clad contract who watches him get beaten down.
Hunter tells Daniel that he can take his anger out on Big Show tonight because in the main event, Daniel Bryan will face Big Show.
We are back and Hunter and Randy are walking in the back and they see Cody Rhodes.
Hunter shakes Cody’s hand and he asks about his dad. Cody says that tonight’s main event will be great . . . as long as nobody gets involved.
Hunter wonders why anyone would get involved.
Cody asks Randy why avoid the match since Randy isn’t afraid of Daniel. Daniel Bryan versus Randy Orton is what is best for business.
Hunter asks Cody if he is deciding what is best for business. Hunter says that he wouldn’t rely on Cody’s judgment. Daniel Bryan versus Big Show is what is best for business. Hunter says that Cody is busy getting ready for his wedding and planning things. Hunter asks Randy if he got an invitation and Randy asks Hunter.
Hunter says that he got Cody an early wedding present. He will face Randy Orton.
Cody thanks Hunter for the opportunity.
Hunter says that it is an opportunity for him to keep his job because if he does not win, he probably won’t be here very long. Hunter guarantees it.
Cody Rhodes versus Randy Orton in a What is going to happen with Cody’s Career after this match Match
They lock up and Orton backs Cody into the corner and Orton with elbows in the corner. Rhodes punches Orton and he kicks him. Rhodes with an Irish whip into the corner but Orton with a clothesline. Orton drops Cody on the top rope and then he sends Cody into the turnbuckles.
Orton throws Rhodes to the floor and Randy follows. Randy tries to send Cody into the steps but Cody blocks it and he sends Orton into the steps and gets a near fall. Rhodes with another near fall. Rhodes with a modified cross face chicken wing using the leg. Orton with a punch but Cody with a drop kick for a near fall. Rhodes punches Orton in the corner. Orton with an Irish whip and Cody with a taste of Orton’s medicine with a clothesline to Orton and then he gets a near fall and he chokes Orton in the ropes.
Orton with a thumb to the eyes and he gets a near fall. Orton with forearms across the chest. Orton with a boot across the eyes. Orton sends Cody into the turnbuckles and Orton climbs the turnbuckles and punches Cody. Cody with a gourdbuster to Orton and he punches Orton in the corner. Cody climbs the turnbuckles and he punches Orton.
Orton gets away from Cody and he connects with a forearm to the back followed by a back breaker and Cody rolls to the floor.
We are back and Cody punches and kicks Orton. Orton is rolled back into the ring but Randy goes to the floor on the other side. Orton kicks Cody and punches him. Orton with a backdrop driver onto the ringside barrier. Orton with a forearm across the chest before sending Cody back into the ring. Orton gets a near fall.
Orton punches Cody and then he hits a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock.
We see the locker room watching this match in the back. Orton with a knee followed by an Irish whip but Cody gets his boots up and then he hits a clothesline followed by a back elbow. Cody with the drop down uppercut and then he goes to the apron. Cody hits a springboard drop kick and he gets a near fall.
Cody misses Beautiful Disaster but he sends Orton into the turnbuckles and Rhodes is able to hit Beautiful Disaster but he can only get a two count. Cody goes up top for the moonsault but Orton pushes him out of the way. Orton gets a near fall. Orton sends Cody to the apron and into the ropes for the IEDDT and he connects.
Orton looks around and then he twist to the mat for the RKO push ups. Rhodes counters an RKO attempt with Cross Rhodes but he only gets a two count. Orton kicks Cody away and then Orton drops Cody on the top rope. Rhodes with an elbow and leg sweep for a near fall. Rhodes misses Beautiful Disaster and Cody appears to have injured his knee. Orton with a kick to the knee followed by an RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
Randy Orton walks past Triple H on the stage and goes to the back.
Daniel Bryan versus Big Show in a McMahon is Making Show Do This Match
The Shield make their way to the ring like good lapdogs. Hunter tells Show to get back into the ring and finish it.
Show refuses despite Hunter’s orders. Show walks up the ramp and the Shield attack.
Winner: Daniel Bryan (by disqualification)
Hunter tells Show not to do it and he tells him to think about his family and what is best for him. He tells Paul that he doesn’t want to do this. They get Bryan up for the Cerberus Bomb and they hit it on Bryan. Show starts to cry. Hunter tells Show to look at him. Hunter tells Show to ball up his fist and do what he tells him . . . for his family.
Hunter tells Show to knock Daniel Bryan out.
Show tells Hunter no and he leaves the ring.
Stephanie McMahon’s music plays and she makes her way on the stage and down the ramp. Stephanie says that this is Show’s last chance. He needs to think about them.
Show makes his way back to the ring with Stephanie.
Hunter reminds Show of his earlier instructions.
Show wants to hit Hunter but Stephanie stands between Show and her Husband . . . Triple H.
Show punches Bryan and Bryan falls down to the mat.
Show leaves the ring with Hunter and Stephanie and he tells Show he did the right thing.
Randy Orton’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring and he walks past Big Show and slides into the ring. Orton stands over Bryan and then he turns over Daniel. Orton stands on Bryan’s chest and he holds the title belt over his head.