It's official. Daniel Bryan has been finally stripped of the WWE Heavyweight Championship title, with scenes on Monday Night Raw confirming his championship death sentence.
WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon did the honors on Monday Night Raw of stripping Bryan of the title. Fans on Raw showed their anger at the decision to remove Bryan's title, with McMahon and Triple H speaking to the crowd for a prolonged period about the current situation.
After a segment on Raw where Dr. Joseph Maroon essentially ruled out Bryan for the next month - including any possible Money in the Bank ladder match - McMahon explained ringside, "So there you go, Daniel Bryan will be unable to compete at the Money in the Bank ladder match later this month," she said.
"You just can't expect an A-plus recovery from a B-plus player," she told fans. "Therefore we officially strip Daniel Bryan of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship."
Triple H followed her up and said live on Raw: "This is not the Daniel Bryan fan club, this is the WWE. It's a business, and what's best business is having a champion that can actually defend his championship. Something that your beloved Daniel Bryan clearly cannot do."
Dr Maroon revealed that "even though Daniel is not cleared to compete this month. He will be reevaluated in the coming weeks to be able to get him back in the ring as soon as possible."
The move has been scene as what's best for business, and it also brings into question Bryan's wife Brie Bella's decision to quit the WWE, with McMahon saying that decision was now "all for nothing."
This now means there will be a WWE Heavyweight Championship ladder match at Money in the Bank pay-per-view to decide the new WWE champion. It's the first time such a match has taken place.
There will be several qualifiers to determine who will make the ladder match, but Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton have already been given the opportunity to compete.