United States Champion Daniel Bryan def. Ted DiBiase

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November 21, 2010

MIAMI — In the opening match of Survivor Series, Daniel Bryan managed to defeat a motivated Ted DiBiase with his patented LeBell Lock and retain the United States Championship. However, Bryan's celebration after the fierce competition was short-lived when his former WWE Pro and rival, The Miz, used the Money in the Bank briefcase to knock the U.S. Champion out cold, citing that at any time he could cash in his title opportunity. (PHOTOS)

The Miz's attack on Daniel Bryan only adds to the tense history between the two competitors. On the inaugural season of WWE NXT, The Awesome One was the current United States Champion's WWE Pro and their relationship was anything but friendly. After being fired from The Nexus after their first appearance, Bryan would return to WWE and take Miz's place on Team Raw at SummerSlam.

Finally, at Night of Champions, Daniel Bryan's journey from WWE NXT alum to full-fledged WWE Superstar was complete, defeating Miz for the United States Championship. Bryan would then go on to successfully retain the title at Hell in a Cell by defeating The Miz and John Morrison in a Triple Threat Submission Match.

As Bryan continued to build momentum as U.S. Champion, Ted DiBiase spent weeks chasing Goldust and the stolen Million Dollar Championship. However, he decided it was time to forge his own path when the Million Dollar Title was returned to his father, The Million Dollar Man. While the elder DiBiase tried to return the diamond-encrusted championship to his son, the young Ted DiBiase told him to keep it, and that he wanted something else.

That very same night, DiBiase made a statement by attacking Daniel Bryan and holding up the U.S. Championship. Raw's Anonymous General Manager then granted DiBiase his wish on WWE.com by announcing a U.S Title match at Survivor Series, hours before the event.

With renewed motivation and the desire to build on his own legacy, Ted DiBiase proved to be a formidable challenger for the United States Champion. However, Daniel Bryan's resilience and momentum proved to be too much for DiBiase. Once the LeBell Lock was applied, it was a foregone conclusion that Bryan would retain the championship. Daniel Bryan's victory also marked his fourth straight pay-per-view victory including winning the United States Title at Night of Champions and a non-title edge-of-your-seat thriller against Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler at WWE Bragging Rights.

Although victorious, the United States Champion's celebration was cut short by the audacious "Awesome One" and Alex Riley. The Miz's sole motive was to show the WWE Universe that he could potentially become the WWE Champion at any time. To "Mr. Money in the Bank," there was no better way to express himself than at the expense of his former NXT Rookie and the very Superstar that defeated him for the U.S. Title.

While it was DiBiase looking to make a bold statement at Survivor Series with a win over Daniel Bryan, it was ultimately The Miz who stole the spotlight from both competitors.

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