Raw results: Bryan humbles the Champion of Champions, Hounds of Justice regain their bite

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December 16, 2013

Daniel Bryan def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton via Disqualification

Being Champion of Champions doesn’t exactly spare you from the rage of a mad goat, as it turns out. Daniel Bryan, spoiling for a fight after losing to The Wyatts at WWE TLC, immediately took it to Randy Orton in their Authority-mandated match by mounting an intricate, technical game against the blunt-force offense of the Champion of Champions. Bryan employed a byzantine submission hold that turned Orton’s legs to linguini in the opening minutes alone. Orton, in a foul mood already over having to wrestle a match he didn’t want, quite literally bit Bryan’s knee to create separation, following up with a clothesline that nearly separated Bryan’s beard from head and a ruthless stomp to Bryan’s elbow.

Watch: Bryan butts heads with the Champion of Champions | Photos of the main event

The “Yes!” man rallied with, of all things, a bite of his own to Orton’s forehead, but Orton countered Bryan’s suicide dive by throwing him shoulder-first onto the ground. The former WWE Champion roared back into the advantage by tenderizing The Face of WWE with dropkicks and a clothesline that seemed to relieve The Viper of a tooth or two. A backbreaker and hanging DDT briefly opened things up for The Apex Predator, yet Bryan’s resilience forced Orton to cut the match short with an uppercut to Bryan’s crotch that got him disqualified. The questionable maneuver didn’t sit well with John Cena, who sprinted to Bryan’s defense and ate an RKO in response. So, despite slithering his way out of his first main event, Randy Orton still ends Raw standing tall over his two most persistent enemies. Win or lose, that’s not a bad way to kick off history.

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