Daniel Bryan was seen on SmackDown this week for the first time since his brutal match against The Fiend at the Royal Rumble back in January. Bryan was seen backstage following the announcement that Goldberg would be the next man to step up to The Fiend and challenge for the Universal Championship.
Heath Slater seemed to have picked the worst possible time to try to reason why Bryan and point out just how dangerous The Fiend was since his persistent attempt at conversation led to a match against Bryan.
The former SmackDown Tag Team Champion annoyed Bryan so much that he marched out to the ring and the match happened that moment and saw Slater get completely squashed. It appears that The Fiend did change Daniel Bryan, but it wasn’t completely for the better, Bryan isn’t the Babyface that many fans believed that he had turned into.
This week, the former World Champion entered the arena with a new, blue entrance video which could be a hint that more changes could be to come for Bryan in the future.
Slater wasn’t the only man to make his return since Sheamus looked to move on from his feud with Shorty G by taking on the returning Apollo Crews. There could have been a decent feud between the two men but Crews was given just a few seconds of action before he was Brogue Kicked back through the curtain. Shorty G then appeared and his fate was somewhat similar to Apollo’s as Sheamus’ push following his return continued.
Crews and Slater weren’t the only returns in San Jose since the former WWE commentator Renee Young was a surprise addition to the show when she appeared in the ring to interview Braun Strowman following his impressive Intercontinental Championship win last week.