SmackDown Results: Bryan def. Barrett in Steel Cage Match; Orton strikes with venomous fury

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August 23, 2013

Bryan embarrassed Orton; WWE Championship Rematch made

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Just five days after The Biggest Party of the Summer, Daniel Bryan set his sights on WWE Champion Randy Orton before stepping into a steel cage against The Barrett Barrage; Big Show & Mark Henry rocked 3MB and World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio battled Christian in a rematch of their SummerSlam classic.  

The new WWE Champion, Randy Orton, opened SmackDown by justifying cashing in his Money in the Bank contract at SummerSlam. The Viper claimed he didn’t know Triple H was going to Pedigree Bryan – but that he just couldn’t pass up an opportunity literally lying in front of him.

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While Bryan emerged to praise the efforts of John Cena in Sunday’s WWE Title showdown, he quickly refuted Orton’s claim that he was "the face" of WWE, insisting that it was time for that face to change. The Bearded Superstar mocked how "pretty" and arrogant Orton is, reducing The Viper’s success to established in-ring lineage and the "genetic golden ticket" he was bestowed upon birth. Bryan then invoked his rematch clause, challenging Orton that very night on SmackDown!

While the WWE Universe agreed, Orton said the former titleholder would have to wait until Night of Champions. When he tried to RKO Bryan, however, the journeyman grappler delivered a thundering dropkick that sent The Viper flying out of the ring!

Vickie Guerrero made a Steel Cage Match

Stewing over Daniel Bryan’s interruption of the WWE Champion moments earlier, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero looked to "teach that little troll a lesson." When Wade Barrett emerged offering just the thing, Vickie one-upped The Barrett Barrage’s offer, making Bryan vs. the British brawler in a Steel Cage Match for later in the night!

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