So we were told on SmackDown Live that Daniel Bryan was not fit to compete due to his chest being ‘damaged’ by Roderick Strong in The Greatest Royal Rumble.
But the night wasn’t over when the Smackdown cameras turn off. In a treat for the Montreal crowd, Bryan was well enough to compete against Shinsuke Nakamura in a ‘dark match’ after 205 Live went off air.
They had a short but sweet ten minute match, involving well worked submissions and counters. The crowd went crazy and evidently loved the match with their “oui” chants.
The match ends as Bryan hits Nakamura with his “Yes” kicks. Nakamura ducks a kick and hits a low blow, allowing Bryan to win via disqualification.
After the match was over, Nakamura came back for the ‘kinshasa’ but Bryan countered with a ‘running knee’. Bryan then thanked the crowd and asked them to teach Nakamura what ‘oui’ meant.
— Steven Wilson (@Rockamaniac00) May 2, 2018
Despite being roommates in the New Japan Wrestling’s Los Angeles dojo in the early 2000s, this is the very first time both Superstars have competed in a singles match.
The crowd in Montreal were very lucky to have witnessed what really is a dream match. It is also encouraging to know that WWE has plans to let both Superstars have a future feud, as suggested by their decision to let them have this dark match.
How would you book a Bryan vs Nakamura feud? Let us know in the comments.
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