This week on SmackDown Live, not only did Daniel Bryan announce his return to in-ring competition after a two-year absence, but he also fired Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens for their attack on Shane McMahon the week before.
Owens and Zayn attacked Bryan as a result of them being fired by the SmackDown general manager, giving him his first bit of in-ring work since he initially retired as an in-ring performer on an episode of Monday Night Raw in February 2016.
The King of Beards managed to fight back against The Prizefighter and The Underdog from the Underground before he was jumped on again. Owens then slammed Bryan back first into the ring apron, resulting in a stretcher being brought out for effect. It was during this main event segment though that a great piece of technical work was done by Zayn in order to keep Bryan's head safe.
During one spot in the segment, Zayn had hold of the SmackDown general manager with his hands behind his back in order to make him defenseless for an oncoming Owens superkick, as can be seen in the tweet below.
As explained perfectly by Twitter user Mith Gifs, and as you can see in the GIF itself, at the right moment, Zayn used his hand to move Bryan's head backward to protect it from the kick and to simulate the violent recoil of being kicked in a fantastic piece of technical wrestling.
Sami even flung his arm behind Daniel backward as well to give the impression of an impact as well. The slow-motion of the movement shows how beautifully orchestrated it was. Sure, they've probably done this dozen of times before, but the way it has been done to protect Bryan, who we all know has a strong history of concussions, is magnificent.
It goes to show how gifted of a technical wrestler Zayn is, and hopefully, WWE recognizes this soon and rewards him with a long-overdue championship run later this year on either Monday Night Raw or SmackDown.
As for the immediate future of Bryan, Owens, and Zayn, according to Wrestling Observer Live, via Rajah, Bryan will be teaming up with Shane against Sami and Kevin in a tag team match at WrestleMania 34 in a few weeks time, and it will likely be a No-DQ or an "unsanctioned" match to keep with the firing storyline.
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