Daniel Bryan def. The Miz (New United States Champion)

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September 19, 2010

CHICAGO — At Night of Champions, Daniel Bryan went from being a talented, young Superstar looking to make his mark in WWE to joining the ranks of WWE Hall of Famers like Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as the new holder of the prestigious United States Title. (PHOTOS)

This journey to championship glory was a harrowing one for the talented grappler. As one of the first Rookies eliminated from the debut season of WWE NXT, Daniel Bryan looked like another hungry competitor who didn't quite have what it takes to make it in the big leagues. But the young contender refused to accept this fate and after fighting his way onto the Raw brand, the tenacious Daniel Bryan challenged his former WWE NXT Pro The Miz to tonight's match and defeated him in the center of the ring.

The showdown between these two rivals had been a long time coming. After constantly butting heads on WWE NXT, their animosity intensified at SummerSlam when Daniel Bryan was handpicked by John Cena as the seventh member of Team WWE in their match against The Nexus — a spot The Miz believed was rightfully his. Taking out his frustrations on his former Rookie, Mr. Money in the Bank attacked the submission specialist that night and continued to do so in the weeks that followed.

But Daniel Bryan isn't the type of guy to back down from a fight. More often than not, the aggressive Superstar turned the tables on The "Awesome One," punishing him with the brutal LeBell Lock submission hold. It was this very maneuver that Daniel Bryan utilized tonight to defeat the cocky Cleveland native. Even with The Miz's season two NXT Rookie Alex Riley attempting to interfere on his Pro's behalf, the Raw Superstar refused to be denied and cinched in his devastating hold even tighter until The Miz cried out in submission. (More about the LeBell Lock)

Now that he has become the first NXT Rookie to win a title, will Daniel Bryan be able to hang onto this position he fought so hard to attain? Tune in to Raw on Monday night to find out.

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