As many will remember, Daniel Bryan and The Miz battled in a number-one contender match for the WWE Championship at the huge Super Show-Down event in Melbourne, Australia last month.
But the bout itself was a bit of a let-down, only lasting two minutes and 25 seconds before Bryan tied the A-lister up in a Small Package for the pinfall and a shot at AJ Styles' title.
That was supposed to occur at Crown Jewel this week, but after rumours circulated surrounding his status for the event, the match happened on SmackDown Live this week instead, with Styles submitting Bryan to retain the strap.
Samoa Joe attacked both competitors following the gruelling match, and after demanding he see Joe in the ring again, Styles now defends his belt against the Samoan Submission Machine in Saudi Arabia.
It seems like if the event was anywhere but where it is being currently held, Bryan and Styles would have put on a fantastic pay-per-view match.
But if Bryan got his own way, he wouldn't have even had the title opportunity in the first place.
It's now been revealed by Dave Meltzer that Bryan asked something of backstage WWE staff regarding his match with The Miz, and despite there being a good reason for it, they completely ignored his request.
"He had asked to lose to The Miz in Australia in the match where the winner would get the title shot," Meltzer stated in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Reddit.
"It’s not clear if that was because he knew the title shot was coming in Saudi Arabia, or because he felt that it wasn’t time yet to get his conclusive win which would come across as the blow-off of the program."
It's pretty interesting to see that Bryan would ask to lose like that, especially when you'd assume he wants to be WWE Champion again more than ever.
But there's an argument to be had that his feud with Miz could last all the way to WrestleMania, and it's there that the blow-off match should be had, not at Super Show-Down, so it seems like Bryan had some valid points when requesting what he did.
With Meltzer also stating Bryan made his decision to not attend Crown Jewel well-before the killing of United Stated-based, Saudi journalist Jamal Khasoggi, WWE advertising his appearance well in advance is strange to say the very least.
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