Daniel Bryan responded to Universal Champion Bray Wyatt
Daniel Bryan turned to the WWE Universe for his answer to Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt's latest challenge, and it may have been a calamitous mistake.
Despite protests earlier in the evening from The Miz — who personally took it upon himself to try to talk Bryan out of another confrontation with Wyatt — SmackDown closed with Bryan taking to the ring to respond.
With the fans in the throes of "Yes!" chants after Bryan asked them if he should again battle Wyatt for the Universal Championship, the lights went out in a fashion that has become all too familiar for Bryan.
Wyatt emerged through the ring to attack Bryan, who initially fought off the ambush valiantly just as he did during a gritty effort this past Sunday at Survivor Series.
But Bryan could only momentarily stave off "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt before finding himself locked in the Mandible Claw, which subdued him enough to allow Wyatt to drag him under the ring.
Somehow the scene grew even more disturbing from there. Pulling out what appeared to be clumps of Bryan’s hair, Wyatt littered them throughout the ring.
Though the extent of what had been done to Bryan wasn’t immediately clear, one thing was certain: Discretion may have indeed been the better part of valor on this night.
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