On January 26, 2020, WWE will host their first big pay-per-view of the year with the Royal Rumble, and the card is already coming together. The year 2019 may not yet be over, but the WWE Universal Championship match from the blue brand was confirmed on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown. After a series of events which kept postponing the number one contender match, Daniel Bryan has earned the right to face off against ‘The Fiend.”
While there are just rumors for Brock Lesnar’s opponent at the Royal Rumble, “The Fiend” has his match set in stone. Fans have wondered who would step up to face Bray Wyatt for the title next, and there was no shortage of superstars wanting their shot.
On Friday evening, a Triple Threat Match was scheduled between Bryan, King Corbin, and The Miz. The winner of the match would receive a title shot against Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble, but the match was postponed due to the interference of Roman Reigns.
Later, a match between Daniel Bryan and The Miz was set up, as reported by the official website of WWE, but it also ran into trouble. Corbin and his servants interfered to attack both men, which led to a double disqualification and the match amounting to nothing.
Finally, the Triple Threat was back on for the main event of Friday Night SmackDown, and there was a winner.
The match went off without any issues, but that doesn’t mean that outside interference was missing. At one point, Dolph Ziggler ran out to help Corbin, but that interference was stopped by Roman Reigns, who took out both men, which brought it down to just Bryan and The Miz.
After some back-and-forth action, The Miz locked in the Figure Four leg lock, but Bryan was strong enough to power out of the submission hold. Bryan was able to apply the LeBell Lock and put enough pressure on The Miz to get him to submit for the victory.
While celebrating in the ring, Bray “The Fiend” Wyatt appeared on the TitanTron to congratulate his opponent. Wyatt teased the crowd about someone named “he,” and asked Bryan if he was willing to “let him in.”
After Bray Wyatt disappeared from the screen, Daniel Bryan went back to celebrating with the crowd during the final SmackDown of the year. In just a few weeks at the Royal Rumble, Daniel Bryan will get a shot at the WWE Universal Championship, but he will have to defeat “The Fiend” to capture it.