Daniel Bryan on who legitimately punched him at the Greatest Royal Rumble

The Greatest Royal Rumble was one of the biggest events in professional wrestling history without a doubt, but there was one moment that left people talking for weeks to come.

When Titus O’Neil made his way down to the ring to enter the 50-Man Royal Rumble match, nobody was expecting what was going to happen next – especially Titus. O’Neil tripped on his way down the ramp and flew under the ring.

Fans, commentators and other competitors were laughing hysterically. It was certainly one of the most embarrassing moments in WWE history.

At first glance it looked like O’Neil was intentionally going under the ring to get a weapon or hide, but fans quickly realized he had simply tripped and the commentators were relentless about the botch.

Of course, O’Neil quickly regathered himself and went into the match to get started. One of the first people he ran into was none other than former WWE World Champion, and mega fan favorite, Daniel Bryan.

Legitimate Punch

In a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, Bryan discussed O’Neil’s embarrassing trip and the moments proceeding it when he got into the ring.

Apparently O’Neil, still a bit frustrated after the embarrassing fall he just took, legitimately punched Bryan in the face – hard.

Bryan was immediately angered and was about to retaliate with a legitimate kick to the face of his own, but after seeing WWE’s production team relentlessly hassling O’Neil by replaying the fall on the titantron – Bryan immediately understood.

Instead, he walked away from the matter and left O’Neil alone (quotes via Ringside News):

“So this is what happened. I was in the ring, and keep in mind I had been in the ring for a long time. I didn’t know anything that had happened.

“Titus slides in the ring and punches me in the face. Like really hard. He’s got this big, huge hands. He’s just like, boom! I’m like, ‘whoa! What happened?!’

“And then I’m like, I was like, enraged and I was gonna kick him in the face.

“And then, I glance up, and you see the tron and they played it like twelve times in a row of him tripping and falling and sliding into the ring and I was just like, ‘you know what?

“I understand. I’m gonna go over here. Gonna leave him be.’”


If this had been anyone else nobody would probably care, but Bryan is the exception. The former World Champion has had a string of concussion-related injuries over the past several years and his career has suffered for it.

After years of being medically suspended he barely got cleared to return to the ring this past April. For Bryan to take a legitimate punch at the hands of a frustrated O’Neil likely won’t sit well with most – especially Vince McMahon.

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