Daniel Bryan dominates on his first night back in the ring

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The first Thursday night Smackdown in over a decade aired tonight and it got the Thursday era of the show off to a great start.

With former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan's in ring return and a few shocks along the way, the new look Smackdown certainly lived up to the hype.

The advocate for the current Champion Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman was in the building and he started a series of events that no-one could have predicted.

Heyman came to the ring to address the events of RAW on Monday in which Seth Rollins delivered the curb stomp to Lesnar and John Cena.

He was soon joined by Mr Money in the Bank who seemed a little unhappy at everyone's accusations of him hiding behind the Authority.


Rollins then threw down his Money in the Bank briefcase and announced that he was officially cashing in right then and there.

Heyman announced that since Lesnar wasn't in the building that wouldn't happen and as Rollins got aggressive towards him, he showed his skill as a silver tongue.

Heyman managed to talk his way out of a corner and convinced Rollins that Lesnar could one day act as his enforcer when he eventually wins the title.

Daniel Bryan vs Kane

Smackdown opened with Daniel Bryan showing how happy he was to be back in the ring and when the entire Authority came out with his opponent, things looked bleak for the leader of the Yes movement.

The match went on quite a while with each man trading possession of the match but as always it ended with a disqualification.

J&J Security got involved and Bryan managed to fight off the whole Authority as he escaped the ring.

As Kane, Rollins, Big Show and the two 'henchmen' followed him, Bryan was joined on stage by Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as a stand-off ensued.

Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins, Big Show and Kane

Following their earlier stand-off, Triple H put all six men into a star studded main event as the Shield's reunion continued.

In what proved to be a good match, the returning Bryan shone brightest and even picked up the win for his team.

After the match, Triple H revealed that Bryan will be taking on Kane again next week and if Bryan loses, he will lose his spot in the Royal Rumble.

Bad News Barrett vs Sin Cara (Intercontinental Championship)

After Sin Cara's shock win over the Intercontinental Champion last week on Smackdown, he was granted a shot at the title.

Sin Cara certainly impressed in this one showing off his patented high-flying style and even great examples of strength when called upon.

He managed to avoid the Bull Hammer twice but when he came flying off the ropes, Barrett connected with his signature move and retained his title.

Alicia Fox, The Miz and Damien Mizdow vs The Usos and Naomi

In yet another battle between the former and current Tag Team champions, the added diva angle in this match made it a little bit more interesting.

The Miz got the win for his team after pushing Mizdow in the path of a superkick and then sweeping in to hit the skull crushing finale and get the pinfall.

Nikki Bella vs Natalya

After Tyson Kidd cost Paige the match against Brie Bella on RAW, he was absent from ringside as his wife took on the other Bella twin.

Brie was involved again though as she tried to distract Natalya but all she added up doing was distracting the referee allowing Paige to attack Nikki.

Natalya eventually got the Divas champion in the Sharpshooter and forced her to tap out for a big loss.

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