WWE Universe Reacts To The Stellar Showdown Between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan on SmackDown

Published 05/01/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


In an extraordinary match on tonight’s SmackDown (30/4/21), former World Champion Daniel Bryan lost to Universal Champion Roman Reigns. As per the rule of the Title vs Career match, Bryan is now banned from SmackDown.

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In the main event match, Bryan literally fought till his last breath. For a while, it seemed Bryan would win the Universal title as he put Roman Reigns’ injured right arm into the Yes Lock.

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However, despite putting on a stellar show, Bryan succumbed to Reigns’ notorious Guillotine hold. Bryan initially broke the hold, but Reigns leveled him with a powerbomb and applied the hold again. This time, Bryan passed out, and Reigns retained the championship.

After the show, fans were divided. While some applauded the match and welcomed the new chapter in the American Dragon’s Life, some feared that WWE would release Bryan.

Some argued Bryan can take an alternative route by going to NXT and training the stars of tomorrow. See some of the tweets below –

A fan pointed out how poetic the end of the match was. Bryan, known as the “submission specialist,” succumbed to Reigns’ Guillotine Hold. Thus, Reigns established himself as the “Head of the Table.”

Some others were hopeful that we would see Bryan soon on other brands –

What is next for Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns?

As Bryan’s exile from SmackDown is underway, we don’t know what will happen to his career. Ahead of his match, Bryan stated multiple times that his contract is up soon and that he wishes to spend time with family.

Bryan said to Talking Smack, “I haven’t said anything about this, but in my mind, this is kind of my last run. This is my last run as a full-time Superstar.” He added, “It’s not really a scoop. I think you can feel it even in just the way I approach things, in the way my mentality is as far as my view towards younger people and that kind of stuff.”

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On the other hand, as Reigns tried to attack Bryan with a steel chair after the match, Cesaro ran to help the latter. Jey Uso subdued Cesaro as Reigns delivered a chair shot to Bryan.

As the show closed out, Reigns continued to taunt Cesaro. There are high chances that the Tribal Chief will feud with The Swiss Cyborg next. But both of them have to wait as Cesaro faces Seth Rollins next week.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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