Career vs. Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
We go back to the ring for tonight’s Career vs. Title main event as Daniel Bryan makes his way out to a big pop and a “yes!” chant. Bryan will be banned from SmackDown if he loses this match tonight. Bryan hits the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Cole confirms Rollins vs. Cesaro for net Friday. We go backstage to King Baron Corbin now for his comments on tonight’s main event. He dislikes both competitors in the match, but the benefit of Bryan losing means that he has to pack his bags and go home. We go back to the ring and the loud “yes!” chant continues as Bryan waits in the ring. Out next comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with Paul Heyman. Reigns comes out to a new theme song, stopping on the stage to raise the title in the air as pyro goes off. Bryan smiles as Reigns marches to the ring. Reigns enters and raises the title as more pyro goes off. A “you suck!” chant starts up now. We get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton.
The bell rings and Bryan immediately nails the dropkick into the corner. Bryan unloads with Yes Kicks as fans cheer him on. Reigns immediately levels Bryan with a big right hand to shut down the early momentum. Reigns levels Bryan with a shoulder tackle. Reigns catches Bryan for a bear hug but Bryan fights him to the mat. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Reigns retreats to the floor to regroup. Bryan keeps fighting and drops Reigns at ringside with a flying knee. We go to commercial with Bryan standing over Reigns at ringside.
Back from the break and Bryan has control in the ring, softening up Reigns’ arm and shoulder. Bryan with Yes Kicks in the corner now. Bryan with the running dropkick in the corner, and another. Bryan charges for a third but Reigns explodes out of the corner with a big right hand. Reigns keeps control but Bryan kicks out at 2.
Reigns works Bryan over and headbutts him back to the mat. Reigns with a snap suplex for another 2 count. Reigns grounds Bryan with a headlock in the middle of the ring now. Fans try to rally for Bryan as he fights up and out of the hold. Reigns drops him with a knee to the mouth. Reigns works Bryan over in the corner again. Bryan counters and runs the ropes but Reigns meets him with a big back elbow for another 2 count. Fans chant for Bryan again as Reigns keeps him down. Bryan unloads with uppercuts now. Reigns charges but Bryan sends him into the middle turnbuckle face-first.
Bryan with more Yes Kicks in the corner now. Bryan climbs up for the hurricanrana but Reigns blocks it and delivers a big super powerbomb from the second rope. Bryan somehow kicks out at 2 and Reigns can’t believe it. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Reigns unloads on Bryan at ringside, sending him into the barrier. Reigns brings it back in for another close 2 count. Reigns knees Bryan into the corner and unloads with a bunch of knees now, stopping to yell at the referee after a warning. Another “you suck!” chant starts up. Reigns takes Bryan to the top for a superplex but Bryan slides underneath. Bryan crotches Reigns for a pop, but Bryan also falls to the mat and is slow to recover. Bryan climbs up for the super back suplex and he nails it.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Bryan recovers first and covers for a close 2 count by Reigns. Bryan with an uppercut and big Yes Kicks now as Reigns struggles to get up. Reigns ducks the roundhouse kick and levels Bryan with a Samoan Drop. Bryan still kicks out at 2. Reigns is frustrated as he calls for the finish. Reigns charges with the Superman Punch but Bryan meets him with a big kick to the arm in mid-air. Reigns clutches the arm but Bryan delivers another big shot to the damaged limb. Bryan focuses more on the arm now but Reigns fights him off. Bryan sends Reigns over the top rope but Reigns lands on his feet.
Bryan runs the ropes for a suicide dive but Reigns catches him and launches him with an overhead suplex. Bryan lands hard on the floor in front of the announce table. Reigns charges for a Spear into the barrier but Bryan moves and Reigns goes crashing through the barrier, into the ThunderDome LED crowd area. Reigns clutches the shoulder again as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Bryan is up top. He nails the diving headbutt but Reigns kicks out at 2. Bryan leads another “yes!” chant now. He charges from the corner but Reigns cuts him off with a Superman Punch for a close 2 count. Reigns and Bryan slowly get up. Reigns readies in the corner. He charges for the Spear but Bryan rolls him up for 2. Bryan nails the running knees but Reigns kicks out just in time by getting his foot on the bottom rope. Bryan is frustrated now as he thought that was the win.
Bryan drags Reigns over by his arms, holding them up so he can stomp away to keep Reigns down. Bryan goes for the arm bar and then the Yes Lock. Bryan has the Crossface applied in the middle of the ring now. Reigns counters and comes right back with a big Spear in the middle of the ring. Bryan kicks out right before the 3 count and Reigns can’t believe it. Reigns gets the Guillotine applied now, taking Bryan to the mat.
Bryan slides out of the Guillotine and applies another submission on the arm. More back and forth on the mat now. Reigns powers out of a hold and stars pounding on Bryan with fists. Reigns powers up and levels Bryan with a powerbomb in the middle of the ring. Reigns mounts Bryan with more strikes now as Heyman yells from ringside. Reigns with another big powerbomb.
Bryan blocks a Guillotine but Reigns switches arms and he gets it locked in now. Reigns wraps his legs around Bryan and tightens the Guillotine. Bryan looks to be fading now as the referee checks on him. The referee calls the match as Bryan passes out in the hold.
Winner: Roman Reigns
– After the match, Cole confirms that Bryan is now banned from SmackDown. Bryan is flat on his back while Reigns gets up to his feet as his new music hits. Heyman enters the ring and hands the Universal Title belt to Reigns. He raises it in the air as the boos start up. We go to replays. Reigns brings two steel chairs into the ring now but Cesaro runs out and makes the save for a pop. Cesaro takes off his suit jacket and delivers a running uppercut against the barrier. Cesaro keeps working Reigns over at ringside and goes to follow him back in the ring but Jey Uso attacks from behind. Uso beats Cesaro up at the apron and superkicks him, then rolls him in. Cesaro is trapped in the ropes now, forced to watch Reigns deliver a Con-Chair-To to Bryan. Uso holds Cesaro in place in the ropes, with a headlock, as Reigns taunts him. Heyman is raising the Universal Title belt in the air from ringside. A “you suck!” chant gets louder as SmackDown on FOX goes off the air with Reigns taunting Cesaro while Bryan is laid out.